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.

Undersized crab possession dominates Maryland crab violations

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources reported 2,341 crab-related violations across the state from 2013 through 2018. There were 27 types of infractions ranging from undersized crab possession to illegal harvesting methods.  Possession of undersized crabs was the highest reported infraction…

A look into Major League Baseball’s massive home run surge in 2019

As quickly as Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson unleashed a fastball meant to hit the back of catcher Austin Barnes’ mitt, his pitch was even more swiftly sent into the left-field bleachers. For Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar,…

The Lost Islands

A look at the hundreds of islands that have sunk into the Chesapeake Bay.

How much iconic directors use curse words

CNS sought to find out what director’s movies had the foulest language.

Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

MIDDLETOWN, Maryland — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roamed free in one of the farm’s pastures, scratching and…

Hogan’s decisive victory, in five charts

This win was bigger than Hogan’s last. Here’s how he pulled it off.

How did Maryland vote in the 2018 governor’s race?

See how the state’s votes came in

And the most competitive Oscar year goes to…

CNS examined the ratings of every movie ever nominated for the best picture Oscar to determine what movies face especially adverse odds to win the coveted prize.