During election season we’re bombarded with maps of poll data, campaigning, and results. But what other stories lay deeper within these maps, at a more local level? How does the geography of election results influence issues that impact our daily lives? In this talk, data viz reporters Lo Bénichou (The Washington Post) and Ken Schwencke (ProPublica) take us into the newsroom to discuss how visualizations of election data inform our understanding of politics - and how to think like a data journalist.
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Lo Bénichou, Creative Technologist
Lo Bénichou is a creative technologist at the Washington Post. Prior to joining the team, they worked at Mapbox and at a number of media organizations like CalMatters, WIRED, Youth Radio, KQED, NPR. At Mapbox, they supported journalists in creating compelling stories using maps and data. They also led partnerships with media organizations like Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, and The Patriot Act.
Ken Schwencke, News Applications Editor
Ken Schwencke is the editor of ProPublica’s news applications team, which creates interactive databases and graphics. Ken has been with ProPublica since 2016, where he has worked on their award-winning Electionland project, ran their database of nonprofit data, and reported on LGBTQ issues and white supremacists. Previously, he worked on The New York Times’ interactive news team and the Los Angeles Times data desk. He has a journalism degree from The University of Florida.
Links shared in the session:
New York Times 2016 election precinct maps
New York Times maps of the 2017 Virginia elections
What the District?! by ACLU
ProPublica's visualization of changes to early voting in North Carolina
ProPublica's investigation of how well elections are run state by state
Mail-in ballot tracker for the US 2020 election
Election Land collection by ProPublica
United States Congressional District Shapefiles
Census geo data
Data on US polling places (historical)
MIT Elections data project
Election Project early voting data
Election Project voter turnout data