Seeds of Change: How downstate diversity has flourished

This map was created as part of a collaboration between CU-CitizensAccess and Hoy Chicago, a Spanish-language newspaper published by the Tribune Company. The project, called “Midwest Chronicles: Downstate Diversity Flourishes,” looked at the increasing diversity in central Illinois. The project was published as a special issue by multiple Illinois newspapers in both English and Spanish.

The graphic was a 2-page broadsheet spread and anchored by a large dot-density map showing all non-white persons living in the 16-county region. Click on the image above to view a full-size version.

Detail areas of major cities were shown in the margins. Separate stories were written for each of the detail cities.

For this project I was responsible for the overall design and construction of the page. Alex Bordens of the Chicago Tribune assisted with census data analysis and GIS mapping. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of Hoy assisted with reporting and coordination with Hoy reporters.

Here is more information about the Hoy/ collaboration.

This graphic won a 2012 Award of Excellence from the Society for News Design.