Data Stories

Students in the Data Lab develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination website and help test innovative new ideas to advance the practice of journalism.

Data reveals lack of minority investors in Maryland cannabis industry

Data collected from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission reveals the vast majority of Maryland cannabis businesses are owned by white people while the few minority investors tend to own only small shares of their company. Meanwhile, the MMCC is investigating the scoring process used to rank applications for new licenses meant to diversify the industry.

COVID-19 takes huge toll on music industry

For many musical artists, their income is driven primarily through touring and live performances. With restrictions on crowd gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of 2020’s shows have already been canceled or postponed indefinitely.

How art can help relieve stress during social isolation

Health professionals and federal agencies have expressed concern about the mental health effects of the global pandemic and social isolation.

Baltimore City’s food waste reduction progress met with challenges

Baltimore City is trying to significantly reduce its commercial and residential food waste by 2040. Through waste prevention, food rescue and composting efforts, the city has diverted small amounts of waste from its local incinerator and landfill. But businesses are not required to track the waste they generate, which makes food waste reduction efforts more challenging due to gaps in local waste data.

Growing old in prison: How Maryland is working to ease the path to release for a low-risk, high-cost population

Riding on a wave of tough on crime sentencing practices that began proliferating in the 1980s, the geriatric population in America’s prisons is quickly expanding. For the last few years, though, a diverse coalition of policy experts, state legislators and others have been working to expand parole options for a greying population — and give them a better shot at coming home.

Examining the “second book slump” among authors of young adult novels

Many readers have read a book series in which the quality seemed to decrease overtime. In an effort to examine the validity of this trend, CNS looked at data from Goodreads.com users average ratings of popular young adult fiction series.

The science behind Mercury retrograde

The planetary transit known as “Mercury retrograde” began on Feb. 16 and will end on Monday. According to astrologers, this time period should be marked by issues regarding communication, technology and travel. However, according to scientists, this occurrence is not particularly important in astronomy.

As pilot episode for ‘The President is Missing’ readies to film in Maryland, there’s hope of a sizable economic impact

After the Netflix series “House of Cards” had an economic impact of more than $700 million on Maryland while filming its six seasons in the state from 2012 to 2018, there’s hope that a new television show can make its…

Maryland water systems found to contain worrying levels of nitrate, arsenic and other chemicals, according to Environmental Working Group

Tap water at the majority of Maryland utilities, or public water systems, had levels of contaminants that exceeded health guidelines established by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on environmental health issues.  According to EWG’s 2019 update, predominant…

With student loan debt at an all-time high, some students worry about post-grad life with loans

Student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.48 trillion as of June 2019, and is expected to increase, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Roughly 81% of this debt is composed of federal direct loans,…