This isn’t pretty good.

A common misconception about designers is that they only care about aesthetics. The Society of News Design will shoot you an ugly look for accusing them of only looking good. For SND, it’s about “visual journalism.”

That explains why SND chose this week’s winner: Imogen Francis, a senior at Florida International University.

Her data visualization, Impact: Stats on how the novel coronavirus is affecting Florida, “rose above the other submissions,” declared SND. Why? Because…

 Incorporating the interactive U.S. map from AP leads off the package, but Francis also produces a similar map for the state of Florida. She goes on to show cases by day, the curve (or lack thereof) for Florida, as well as a local county count by age and gender. If you’re a reader in South Florida, this information drives home the seriousness of COVID-19 and shows how close it hits home. Great work.

Francis was nominated by her adviser Daniel Evans, who called her work “a remarkable set of visualizations done by a single student.” Even more interesting, she did it 8,000 miles from Florida.

“After FIU closed its student dorms, Francis, who a New Zealand national, essentially was required to abandon the Northern Hemisphere,” Evans wrote us. “But instead of (e)mailing it in, she insisted on creating a series of visualizations – updated on a daily basis that provides a picture of the pandemic unmatched among South Florida publications, student or pro.”

Think you can do better from whatever hemisphere you’re in? Enter till Friday at 11:59:59 p.m. – in whatever time zone you’re reading this in.



Defending the First Amendment and promoting open government are more crucial now than ever. Join SPJ's fight for the public’s right to know — either as an SPJ Supporter or a professional, student or retired journalist.

comments powered by Disqus


Twitter Facebook RSS Instagram LinkedIn

© Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Legal

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center, 3909 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
317/927-8000 • Fax: 317/920-4789 • Contact SPJ HeadquartersEmployment OpportunitiesAdvertise with SPJ