Data Vis Dispatch, July 11

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the 101st edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.

Recurring topics this week include pollution, transportation, and high temperatures. Plus: an opportunity to work on the Dispatch yourself as our Werkstudent*in.

To relax, try thinking about ordinary environmental problems like pollution:

The Wall Street Journal: America Is Wrapped in Miles of Toxic Lead Cables, July 9
The Wall Street Journal: When Your Neighbor Is a Farm With 2,500 Hogs, July 7
Berliner Morgenpost: Die große Recycling-Lücke, July 4

We saw maps of travel by plane, train, car, and bike:

The New York Times: The Frequent Fliers of Congress Consider New Flights for Washington Airport, July 4
The Wall Street Journal: Is This All-You-Can-Fly Deal Ridiculous, or Ridiculously Great?, July 5
Der Spiegel: Wie ICE, TGV und Co. das Reisen in Europa erleichtern sollen, July 9
Der Spiegel: Bremsen Radspuren den Autoverkehr aus?, July 5

As well as line charts on public health issues:

Bloomberg: Ill in England? Your Location Can Determine If You Live or Die, July 5
The Economist: Prescription rules for obesity drugs may unfairly exclude non-whites, July 5

Two news topics got a focus this week. First, a police killing in France and the unrest that’s followed:

Financial Times: French riots show how entrenched inequalities have become, July 7
Le Temps: En graphiques: dans quels pays la police tue-t-elle le plus?, July 4

Other charts covered everything from the persistence of remote work to unprofitable TV streaming:

The Wall Street Journal: Remote Work Sticks for All Kinds of Jobs, July 4
FiveThirtyEight: The Supreme Court Had A Few Surprises This Year. That Doesn’t Make It Moderate, July 7
The Wall Street Journal: TV’s Golden Era Proved Costly to Streamers, July 5

And maps dealt with fair representation in Spain and the history of mummification: Cómo el sistema electoral beneficia a las provincias menos pobladas y a los dos grandes partidos, July 4
National Geographic: The Golden Age of Mummification, July 10

What else we found interesting

The Wall Street Journal: Bayou Teche Is an Epicenter of America’s Lead Cable Problem, July 10

Applications are open for…

  • A student worker on Datawrapper’s communication team! If you’re a fan of this Dispatch and want to try writing one yourself (and you’re currently a student in Germany), send me an email at I’m excited to hear from you.
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  • A temporary graphics editor at ProPublica

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