We believe the Trinity Mirror Data Unit is a team that represents data journalism at its best: using new techniques to find and tell stories, while still believing in the key journalistic principles of great, agenda-setting public-interest exclusives.In this past year, we have broken shocking stories through major data investigations, turned big data dumps into usable stories that engage readers, helped our audience connect with their community, and revitalised data visualisation in print using automation.For our investigation into gender equality, we brought together dozens of local and national datasets as well as personal interviews in an interactive storytelling format to show the stark differences in outcomes for men and women across the country. A hard-hitting investigation, based on hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, broke the story that the cost of housing homeless families in temporary accommodation across the country had topped £1bn and highlighted the scale of the ongoing housing crisis in Britain. We revealed the shocking numbers of children at risk from abuse, with an interactive the allowed readers to get to grips with the scale of the issue in their area, while an investigation using data on prisons shone light on the horrific levels of violence, self-harm and drug-taking plaguing the prison system. We also revealed the education gap the persists at university level based on the month in which you were born.We were also the first organisation to exploit a Land Registry data dump of millions of rows of information about corporate and foreign property ownership in England and Wales, harnessing data journalism skills and digital tools to produce dozens of local exclusive on the scale of foreign ownership, as well as the million-pound property deals involving companies registered in so-called tax havens. Our hospital performance interactive brought together a hundreds of individual monthly spreadsheets on hospital performance to highlight the ways in which services have deteriorated in recent years, bringing local insight and clarity to a national story about the the NHS at “breaking point”.Our interactives made it easier for readers to find the information that matters to them. For the June general election, we produced a fully automated results interactive, that allowed readers to keep track of the election outcome as it happened, and which was viewed more than 1m times. We also celebrated Non-League Day by using data to create a gadget that helped connect football fans with the smaller teams in their area.
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