Organisation: The Washington Post (United States)
Publication Date: 04/03/2017
Size of team/newsroom:large
DescriptionData/video storytelling about the rise of fences in Europe by Samuel Granados, Zoeann Murphy, Kevin Schaul and Anthony Faiola
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?"What makes this project innovative, is that goes beyond the verticals or standalone visualizations to create a new format: immersive data storytelling. In order to do that, the Post sent data journalists to the borders. At the height of the refugee crisis in 2016, when many European nations felt overwhelmed by the arrival of refugees. European countries responded with fences that resulted in a huge drop in arrivals locally. This partial look at the data, was used broadly by supporters of border barriers as an argument in favor of their efficiency. The research and data analysis behind ‘Fenced out’ contributed to a broader understanding of immigrant dynamics. These fences were not stopping migration as many migrants simply shifted routes and entered neighboring nations. It was the diplomacy effort behind the scenes the real game changing factor to cease the flow. This story about humans, is driven by the data, but contextualized by the voices of all the stakeholders related and it is part of a bigger series on Barriers around the world. "
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