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.

Maryland college students seek mental health help amid COVID-19 pandemic

College students have struggled with mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. School counseling centers have adjusted their services to fulfil the needs of students in an online environment. Students shared their experiences with the struggles and benefits of online mental health services, including their accessibility and effectiveness.

Equity Task Force to help COVID-19 vaccine distribution among minorities

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents.  Healthcare disparities hold a firm grip on communities of…

Fans in the Stands: Despite COVID-19 protocols, many not ready to return to live sports

This Povich Center-CDCE- Washington Post poll was conducted online March 12-18, 2021, among a random national sample of 1,500 adults.

The legislative legacies of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protests

Civil unrest rocked the country after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, with protests taking place in cities around the United States. CNS looked at how select jurisdictions responded with legislation to demands for police reform.

How Maryland public schools have responded to COVID-19

Maryland’s public schools have taken various approaches to instruction delivery during the pandemic. Most schools have chosen to stay virtual as cases continue to rise. Local parents are convinced that their children need in-person instruction to succeed.

Allegany County experiencing surge in COVID-19 cases

During the height of the pandemic, Allegany County was once experiencing a 7-day rolling average of less than three cases per 100,000 people. But now, Allegany County and adjacent counties are grappling with rates more than triple the statewide average.

Disconnected: Students struggle with e-learning obstacles, lawmakers earmark solutions

Students say hotspots and low-cost internet packages don’t bridge the digital divide in two of Maryland’s least-connected districts. Lawmakers and state officials say it’s time for a statewide approach and to start considering internet access as a basic utility.

White and Black communities in Maryland experience a 20% difference in small business loans from CARES Act

Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20 percent more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service.

Maryland Demographic Data from the American Community Survey

Using data from the most recent American Community Survey’s 5-Year Estimates, this map can be toggled to display the estimated median income for all zip codes; the white population in percent for all zip codes; and the Black population in percent for all zip codes. Because these are estimates, zip codes with a population estimate margin of error greater than 10 percent have been removed and appear blacked out in the map.