Data-driven quick hits are my favorite kind of daily to find, but I think the real power in data analysis comes in for the bigger-picture projects. The following is a small sample of the data work I’ve done.
- Overdose calls to sheriff spike 156 percent so far this year
- In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, Bradenton tied with Miami for the number of failed banks.
- Most of U.S. has decreasing home inventory; Bradenton bucks trend
- Passenger numbers just aren’t getting any better at SRQ. YOY in Jan/Feb 2017, two typically strong tourism months in Florida, the airport lost net 6,300.
- Alligator hunting has become big business in Florida. The FWC published 15 years’ worth of data on hunted gators and we made it searchable.
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to town in March to promote Enterprise Florida. He said state-sponsored business growth is happening “all across the state,” except it’s really not. Out of the state’s 67 counties, 30 had 10 or fewer economic development projects, according to state data. And 20 of those 30 had less than five.
- Four of Southwest Florida’s airports increased passengers served in 2016. SRQ didn’t.
- Only a fraction of refugees in Florida come from countries on Trump’s list
- Airbnb in Bradenton grows, caters to European travelers
- General aviation declined after the Great Recession and hasn’t recovered yet
- Bradenton-Sarasota one of nation’s top work-from-home spots
- More demand for manufacturing employees in Manatee County
- Nationwide and in Manatee-Sarasota, fewer women employed in IT careers
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Mr. Staats and Mr. Mills were working on this project when I arrived. They needed my help in cleaning and analyzing the Excel data they already FOIA’d. I also helped with vizzing parts of the project. This map was my doing and I helped with this one.
Mr. Carpenter did all the heavy lifting in reporting this story. I helped verify, clean, analyze and format some of the data during the three months I was on staff.
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In college, my first experience with in-depth work and data journalism came when we looked into how often University-endorsed Greek housing is inspected (by city of Champaign employees) and how much good those inspections actually do for the safety of students. To do this story, we built our own database from hundreds of pages of handwritten housing inspection reports. From there, we were able to do analysis nobody had done before and create an interactive map.
While covering daily business news for the Bradenton Herald, certain stories have leapt out and struck a chord. In every case, a quick-hit daily we wrote spurred a phone call that turned into a story I dug my heels into. Every in-depth story included data collection and analysis.
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee had to ask the county for $200,000 in emergency funding. We dove into years of 990 records to give the full picture of how the organization ended up in such a situation. Increased demand for services, costly PLUS programs and heavy reliance on private gifts has led to the budget shortfall.
After Tropical Storm Colin, one restaurateur expressed his concern about abandoned boats destroying his property in the event of a more severe storm. A few conversations later, the Bradenton Herald’s island reporter Amaris Castillo and I discovered abandoned and derelict boats are a statewide problem, and one that’s costly to taxpayers. Castillo and I spent hours chasing the next link in the story to figure out how much money our county spent on this problem and to find out how many people it affects.
I wrote about two elderly care facilities planning to open in our coverage area. After a phone call that I happened to catch when I stopped by the office on a Saturday afternoon, I found out that 10,000 elderly care facilities could be built, but not a one would be an option for the Schmidts, a family living with ALS.