Write a narrative piece (similar to the Harlem article) about a specific community, a neighborhood or city – depending on the available supportive resources. Your analysis will focus on the population changes that have taken place within that community.

Data visualization has never been so prevalent. With the advances in technology that facilitate turning data into visually appealing and visually meaningful representations, and the facility with which these are disseminated on the web, data analysts and common folk can tell the story of numbers through graphics.


For this assignment, you will create an Infographic. The term Infographic has become ubiquitous parlance for data visualizations that take us beyond the simple bar or line graph to visual, even artistic, interpretations of data. Consider McCandless’ Beautiful Data (Module 1). Infographic is also the term used for a collection of data visualizations curated onto a single layout, with text and image integration that guides the reader’s understanding of the data represented (this is what you will create).


Referencing the module readings, you will write a narrative piece (similar to the Harlem article) about a specific community, a neighborhood or city – depending on the available supportive resources. Your analysis will focus on the population changes that have taken place within that community.


Consider this You are a longtime resident of community X. Over the years and decades you have watched your neighborhood undergo noticeable changes in the population of residents. With that qualitative knowledge, you decide to investigate what the actual changes have been by locating and analyzing Census data. Using this data you write a short article about the changes to submit to your local newspaper and create an Infographic that more visually tells the story to accompany the piece.



STEP 1  Select a community to analyze o A city/town/county   Neighborhoods are often difficult to target in the federal data, because they are usually unofficial boundaries, within a large metropolitan area (i.e. New York, Los Angeles, Boston)  However, the NYC boroughs are counties, which can be located in the federal data – if you want to write about a neighborhood within a borough, you are welcome to do so, noting when the data is borough level versus neighborhood level (email instructor with ?s)


STEP 2  Search the web for multiple (min 2) good media/news sources that provide supportive information about the population of the community (similar to the Harlem article from the module),  o Keep in mind you will look at Census data for: 2000, 2010 and you are writing today (2013) o The sources should provide you ideas that explain some of the population and community changes, and characterize the residents’ take on the changes, etc.


STEP 3  Navigate Quick Facts Census data and

 Select your State followed by the City or County

o Note: NYC Boroughs are Counties, i.e. Brooklyn = Kings County

 Review current data (be careful to note most of the current tables show an estimate and not the Census count), but the Census Population Data is obtained by:

 Click on “Want more? Browse data sets for…” (top of table) – where you will find more data tables, grouped by type of data

 Select Demographic Profile under Demographic profile from the 2010 Census

Download the table to Excel and save

 Select General Demographic Characteristics under Census 2000

o  – Download Table to Excel and save  These two tables must be downloaded so that you may save data and work with statistics o The tables will also be submitted with your assignment



STEP 4  Navigate Easy Stats and toggle different variables(choose different combinations of data)

o The American Community Survey (ACS) is not the same as the Census, it is a survey, therefore, you should interpret the data as based on a Sample not as a Population (Module 1)

 Select your State followed by the City or County and the variables

o Note: NYC Boroughs are Counties, i.e. Brooklyn = Kings County


STEP 5  Explore the Easy Stats Census data available to you – and using your personal knowledge, the media/news resources and/or the data directly, choose a demographic feature to make the focus of your analysis:

o Education Attainment 25yoa+ (American Community Survey)

o Income/Employment

o Place of Birth/Citizenship/Ethnicity

 The Main variable will be analyzed in combination with demographics of:

o Sex and

o Race

 Your options: Education Attainment by Sex, Race / OR / Income-Employment by Sex, Race / OR / Citizenship-Nationality-et al by Sex, Race

  • – Download the table to Excel and save
  •  If you want to focus on a different combination of variables using the Census population data, you must communicate with me via email no later than mid-week, Thursday morning.


STEP 6  Using the data and resources – Think critically and sociologically about populations and changes:

o Could it be the result of changing immigration patterns?

o Has the economy of the city improved?

o Has there been a “gentrification” effect?

o Be very mindful of all the possibilities to best investigate the supportive sources


STATISTICS – STEP 7  Using data from Step 3 for 2000 and 2010

o Calculate Rate of Change as a Percent (Module 1 – Rate of Change multiplied by 100 to make it a percent) to assess change statistically for

 Each Race under: Race alone or in combination with one or more other races [3]

 Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

o Calculate the rate of change as a percent for at least 1 category of interest within each group:

 Relationship

 Household by Type

 Housing Occupancy


  Use Social Explorer through the Baruch Newman Library (databases) to create two (2) meaningful maps for your analysis

o The maps should be relevant to the story you are looking to tell

 i.e. If you are writing about race, then the maps should be about race

o Maps can be exported as image files that you can then add to your infographic


 Use the Census or ACS Data to produce at least three (3) charts/graphics for the infographic

o Graphic means, that you could use simply monotone images to represent data, i.e. male/female silhouettes, house silhouettes, family silhouettes, arrows, etc

 Focus on demographic data

o If you find information from sources about business influences on the population, make sure to cite these sources in the narrative


Article 

Introduce why you decided to investigate the select community

 Discuss the first impressions of the neighborhood

o What from the data strikes you?

 Walk the reader through a story of how the numbers tell this story of change.

o Integrate the statistics meaningfully throughout the narrative

o Use sources for supportive evidence – avoiding absolute causation; think influence

 See Step 6 of Preparation

o Optional: You may add qualitative knowledge you may have (i.e. quote from a parent or colleague who’s witnessed the changes over the decades), but avoid using prejudiced statements or sweeping generalizations

 The article should conclude with some language about the implications of population changes (positive/negative) for the given community

o Are the changes good?

o Will only time tell?

o Why should we care about these changes?

 The article should generally read as a story of change told by numbers and supported by critical analysis


Paper Formatting (standard):

Infographic (PDF Cover sheet) 5 Data Visualizations:   Charts (3 min)  Maps (2 min) Data source footnotes – all data sources must be listed in a footnote in small font at the bottom of the infographic Informative  Streamlined design  Coherent and Clean (as opposed to crowded or messy)


Article Word Document file – attached for assignment submission 800-1000 words minimum, excluding reference list – use word count function on body of text

1” Margins Standard font (i.e. 12pt Times New Roman, 11pt Calibri) Introduction – Body – Conclusion Use footnotes, instead of in-text citation as needed – this is so that the text reads a bit more freely, rather than as formal as a research paper Reference List   APA formatting

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