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’s political battle lines continue to harden in 2020

Unofficial Maryland election results show that little has changed politically in the state. Both parties continue to move further into their respective corners, and third-party voting returned to usual levels after a spike in 2016.

2020 Election Results

Updated November 7, 2020 Live election night coverage of the 2020 Presidential race. The graph shows Electoral College votes by candidate. A candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win. There are 538 total votes up for grabs. The map…

Examining Postal Service and early voting issues in nine swing states

In an attempt to provide insight into potential mail-in voting issues that could affect the 2020 election, we examined the Postal Service and mail-in voting issues experienced in battleground states.

Trump and Biden tweeting toward objectivity

In a highly anticipated election, Trump and Biden have used all tools at their disposal to get their message out, especially Twitter. In a CNS analysis of their Twitter accounts, there were a few notable differences, including engagement totals and subjectivity.

Maryland ballot drop box locations

Maryland has designated 281 ballot drop box locations for the 2020 general election. Maryland residents who have elected to vote by mail have the option to drop off their ballot at one of these locations.

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.

Protected: COVID-19 cases in the United States

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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.