Nearly every newsroom has to cover homicides, “but they happen in big numbers in big cities,” said Matt Dempsey, data editor of the Houston Chronicle. “As newsrooms have gotten smaller, we’ve reduced our coverage of them to breaking news.”
But several newsrooms, including the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Palm Beach Post have started to pull the lens back to look at the stories and people behind the breaking news and what the numbers say about what’s happening.
When the Houston Chronicle’s data team and digital staff teamed up, they created a Homicide Report. The project includes the names and available data on homicide victims and stories about them from family members.
You can read about the power of data and story from Houston this week, and, in a very different kind of data-driven project, from the Tampa Bay Times (which Poynter owns).
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“Our goal was to take something they might have been doing already and add a data layer to it so we could find additional stories and elevate our coverage in new ways.” Matt Dempsey, Houston Chronicle
Newsroom: Houston Chronicle
Newsroom size: 250
Project: Homicide Report
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