One of the best learning opportunities I’ve had as a multimedia journalist for StateImpact Idaho has been figuring out how to incorporate new tools for telling stories into my reporting.
Here’s a good example. My colleague in Oklahoma made these sweet maps showing who is moving to and from the Sooner State. It inspired me to make embark on a similar storytelling adventure.
I downloaded IRS data that tracks state-to-state migration based on where people file tax returns each year. I ended up with two maps that are viewed by our audience on a regular basis.
The story wasn’t groundbreaking or conclusive — but it’s interesting and full of factoids.