The Northern Review’s primary focus is to explain the topics, issues, points of interest, and events that impact our audience. We try to keep the focus on what is happening on campus and the surrounding community of Ada.
This series is a little different in its focus and intent.
The Computer-Assisted Reporting class of Ohio Northern University was responsible for researching an issue that impacts the state of Ohio and obtaining data assets that show what information government and non-profit agencies have gathered that explains the scope of their given problem.
Eight reporters of the Northern Review used the Medium platform to create a series of data journalism pieces designed to combine the figures for the various data sources and the narratives that explain why those data points matter. All eight reporters spent four months working on their various stories.
The eight stories are:
- A Growing Issue in the State of Ohio by Devan Bianco
- Alcohol-related car crash fatalities hold a significant figure in numbers, but are on a decline by Austin Gammell
- While Ohio’s opioid prescription rates fall, their use rises in hospitals by Connor Gillmor
- Heroin is killing Montgomery County by Karlyn Kirchens
- Hamilton Co. jail body scanner helped reduce violence in midst of drug crisis, data shows by Grant Pepper
- Ohio pharmacy supply exceeds current job demand, ONU students secure more Ohio jobs than state average by Emily Richards
- Ohio’s Drug Abuse is Packing Up and Moving Out — To the Country by McKenzie Wilson
- Despite higher unemployment among men, Ada, Ohio local sees differently by Dana Zechar