Project description

The Bloomberg Graphics team consists of 30 data journalists in New York, Washington D.C., London and Hong Kong. Our work touches on every facet of business, finance, markets, economics, technology, politics and government. Work in this portfolio reflects the breadth of those coverage areas—as well as examples of the team’s creative, data-driven approach to storytelling.

Included are projects created on tight deadlines—such as a map showing where Boeing 737 Max jets went after they were grounded—and long-term investigations, including a story about how 3M-manufactured chemicals linked to cancer ended up in drinking water. It features stories derived from original datasets and intensive data analysis.

We present these as examples of the high quality data journalism produced by the Bloomberg Graphics team. In many cases, these stories originated and were executed within the team—a reflection on the talented journalists who comprise it.

What makes this project innovative?

From crowdsourcing Tesla Model 3 VIN numbers to create a model of the vehicle’s production totals, to creating a custom animation engine to simulate flights, to drawing by hand an 8,000-square cartogram to plot U.S. land use—innovative reporting techniques and storytelling are a thread through each of these projects. Sometimes the innovation is a clever design solution rather than a technological one, such as photographing a pile of unpackaged, over-the-counter products to show the scope of items that can be purchased with a Flexible Spending Account, when tampons cannot.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

Across the board, these were high-impact, successful projects by many measures. They were widely read, sparked debate among subject-matter experts and, in some cases, became viral sensations on social media. But more importantly, we view them as important pieces of journalism that bring clarity to complex topics, answer questions that no one else has or is able to answer and incorporates design elements that delight readers along the way. We’ve created a model estimating Tesla Model 3 production that performs better than analyst estimates. We asked ourselves the question: “Once a plane is grounded, it must go somewhere else, right?” It’s answered as a captivating animation showing Boeing 737 Max planes puttering around a map of the U.S., and readers responded by snapping photos of the aircraft when they saw them at storage locations. Finally, these are projects we were passionate about when creating them, and that we are proud of now.

Source and methodology

The Bloomberg Graphics team uses data from a variety of sources in its reporting, including proprietary data from the Bloomberg terminal. But rigorous data standards are core to our approach.

Technologies Used

While not exhaustive, they include: D3, Canvas, natural language processing, Python, R, ai2html, QGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, javascript, html, css

Project members

Mathieu Benhamou Julian Burgess Eric Bryant Christopher Cannon Jeremy Scott Diamond Sam Dodge Hannah Dormido Jackie Gu Dean Halford Brittany Harris Cindy Hoffman David Ingold Martin Keohan Lauren Leatherby Adrian Leung Jeremy C.F. Lin Allison McCartney Alex McIntyre Dave Merrill Paul Murray Demetrios Pogkas Yue Qiu Hannah Recht Mira Rojanasakul Cedric Sam Caleb Solomon Andre Tartar Alex Tribou Hayley Warren Chloe Whiteaker

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