A few more stories: Manchester Evening News

Another short post, just to pull together the output of a couple of weeks spent working with Trinity Mirror Regionals’ recently established data journalism unit.

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The unit have adopted a smart operating model that makes the most of the reach of the Regionals group of papers, and the fact that, when it comes to dealing with national datasets, story ideas can be worked up efficiently by one central team before being offered to local teams.

Similarly, if something works well as an FOI request in one part of the country then in many cases it will work well elsewhere too.

The focus of my work with the unit was therefore on supporting the whole Regionals family. I did find some data/story ideas which lent themselves to stories for the Manchester Evening News, though, and – originating from that part of the country – couldn’t resist writing those myself. Stories as follows:

There also seems to be widespread acceptance across the group of the benefits which a good visualisation can bring to a web story, so I produced a couple of interactive maps, used by the MEN, and the Newcastle Chronicle.

300,000 London mobile phone thefts in three years

Almost 300,000 mobile phones were stolen in London in the last three years, according to Met Police figures which set out the near-industrial scale of the crime.

The number of thefts leapt from around 82,000 in 2010 to 111,000 in 2012 – the equivalent of more than 300 phones per day.

And only those thefts reported to the police show in the figures, meaning the true number of phones stolen each year is likely to be greater still.

More than 45,000 mobile phones were stolen in Westminster alone in the last three years, with Camden and Lambeth the next worst affected boroughs with around 20,000 thefts each.