The following maps were all made with Natural Earth data:
I learned how to re-create visualizations too.
For a classroom assignment, I was instructed to re-create graphics from publications such as The Guardian, FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times and The Economist. I used Python, matplotlib and Adobe Illustrator.
The FiveThirtyEight visualizations are on the left, and mine are on the right:
The New York Times graphics are on the left, and mine are on the right:
The Economist graphic is on the left, and mine is on the right:
The Peltier Tech Blog visualization is on the left, and mine is on the right:
The Guardian graphics are on the left, and mine are on the right:
Master’s Project: What we talk about when talk about immigration
Brain surgeons in Houston faced deportation last March even as dozens of patients depended on them, a local Texas paper reported at the time. Meanwhile, a Kentucky paper wrote about a Somali refugee meeting his 3-year-old daughter for the first time at the airport. California residents were more likely reading about the undocumented immigrant that killed 42-year-old Sandra Duran, leaving one man without a fiancé, two sons without a mother and a family angry at the immigration enforcement system.
News coverage shapes public perception.
A 2007 report from Brookings Institution, an independent research organization in Washington D.C., found that the way journalists cover immigration affected public opinion and was ultimately counterproductive. The report detailed how certain media organizations “successfully defined the terms of the debate” by giving voice only to the two extreme ends of the political spectrum, thus contributing to the “eventual collapse of efforts to reach a compromise.”
However, there hasn’t been much research focused on state-level comparisons of immigration coverage and public perception. This study, which looked at immigration-related articles in hundreds of local newspapers, was conducted to see how coverage across states differs — or doesn’t.
I collected data by conducting a content analysis of 760 immigration-related articles published in 2017 from 315 daily newspapers across the country. This sample was weighted to represent the 76,000 total immigration-related articles that the newspapers published last year. The newspapers sampled included only local and state-level dailies, excluding national papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
The following graphics were made to supplement my master’s thesis: