Map, Diagram and Chart Potpourri

The catch-all map, Chart and Diagram Page

*Sings “If there is a place you got to go, I am the one you need to know. I’m a map! I’m a map! I’m a map” from Dora the explorer* (Yes, I am a 5-year-old at heart.)

The majority of the graphics I complete are simple locator maps, giving the reader a sense of place when reading the story. As for the maps that you see here, they are more in-depth, storytelling maps that involve a little more work and design-minded thinking.

The graphics team at the Sun Sentinel often uses, Google Maps and Google Earth to create print maps, but for interactive maps we use a combination of Maps4News, Carto, and Thinglink.

We don’t always create online-versions of print maps, and sometimes the online versions look completely different from the print version. It just depends on the strength of the story, time constraints and man power.

As for diagrams, those are often created from scratch using Illustrator, based off of descriptions, photos and other diagrams from a source.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Water Shortage Warning



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Florida Panthers on the Move

Photos from a trail camera captured a female panther, with cubs, past the Caloosahatchee River, a long-time barrier for the species. The graphics were created to give a sense of the panther’s historic range and what the the population had dwindled down to, letting readers know how positive of a sign this is.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Jose Fernandez Boat Crash Follow-up

Almost seven months after the fatal boat crash that claimed the lives of Jose Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, and two of his friends, police released evidence from the investigation, showing that Fernandez piloted the vessel when it crashed. The graphics team worked to reconstruct the police graphics for print and online, as well as a timeline of the events that unfolded that night.

See the online version of the graphics here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Travel Restrictions around Mar-a-Lago

As a journalist in South Florida, I’m starting to get tired of the words “Mar-a-Lago,” as I’m sure about every other South Floridian is.

For this graphic, we took a look at all of the travel restrictions that go into place when President Trump stays at his Mar-a-Lago estate, some of them even shutting down businesses. Within Trump’s first 100 days, the Washington Post found that he had spent one fifth of his presidency in the so-called “Winter/Weekend Whitehouse.”

See the online version here.

Sunday, February 3, 2017

Discipline Disparities

I make charts, too! That’s about the only reason I put one here. Look, aren’t they clean and pretty?

And look how nice it looked on 1A!

Ok, stop gawking. The chart is starting to think your stalking it. Time to move on…

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lucrative Land Deals

The story accompanied by this graphic was about land owners hitting big paydays for their land, well above appraised values. We wanted to show the appraised value versus the sale price, and how vastly different they are, so we used bubble charts. The size of the circles are completely to scale, even from property to property.

Also, curious about the moral of the story? If a property developer wants your land, hold out as long as possible. Robert Larsen got $5.25 million for is property, $5 million over its appraised value.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Corey Jones police shooting: A look at evidence in the case

This story was an in depth look at the evidence in the Corey Jones police shooting. Nouman Raja, the police officer accused of shooting Jones unjustly, maintained that the shooting was justified. The evidence shows otherwise. Read about it here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

90 Seconds in Terminal 2

This diagram was a HUGE undertaking. It took a whole week, three reporters and three designers. I lead the print version and assisted with the online version. Read all about it here.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Events leading to killing inside Sunrise apartment

Diagram drawn from scratched, based off of a police sketch of a murder scene.

Print version:

See the interactive version of the graphic here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Boom

This was my first map in Carto, a interactive map making service. Carto uses Excel spreadsheets, CSS and HTML in input data onto a map.

See my handy-dandy coding and Excel abilities here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deadliest Mass Shootings since 2012

In wake of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, we wanted to show the size of the massacre by putting it into the perspective of mass shootings that have happened in the past four years. Coupled along with our coverage of the event, I created a stand alone graphic to do so.

See it on the page:


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