As trade tensions rise, Missouri agriculture exporters worry about China

       For certain segments of Missouri’s agricultural economy, trade talks this week between the U.S. and China loom especially large.

       In the months leading up to Thursday and Friday’s negotiations in Beijing, the two countries engaged in an escalating series of trade maneuvers, with many tariffs threatened and some already imposed.

       The story provided a look at how tariffs that have been threatened or enacted could affect some of Missouri’s top agricultural commodities.

       For this story, I have researched on the history of trade barriers between U.S. and China, as well as the current proposed tariffs. I have also included opinions from officials, experts and stakeholders around Missouri's agricultural segment. Moreover, for better understanding, I created graphics based on the data to clarify the current picture of Missouri-China agricultural trades.  

Missouri moving forward on plan for $41 million Volkswagen settlement

       After months of discussion over how Missouri should spend $41 million from the state’s share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is taking another step in the process Friday, with the first public meeting since the release of a draft plan for the spending.

       For this story, I have researched on the draft plan, where I clarified each piece of data and noteworthy details. The story also included stakeholders' opinions over the draft. Moreover, I created a pie chart for better explanation. 

Amid MU budget crunch, Chinese demand for US education offers boost

       The story is about economics behind Chinese students' studying in Missouri.  I conducted data research for the story and created infographics including maps, stacked bar charts, line charts, and etc. 

Human trafficking education for teenagers and parents is in need as cases keep increasing

       As the number 17th state in the nation for the most human trafficking cases, Missouri held the record of 135 cases in 2016, almost doubling the number of cases in 2015, according to National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTRC).
        The rapid increase reflects on not only the total number of cases, but also cases involving minors. 
        I found this story while reviewing the data on NHTRC. Based on data research, cleaning and analysis, I further interviewed Detective Andrew Evans with the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, and advocates, finding that the majority of human trafficking cases involving minors is directly connected to cybercrime. Then I wrote the story and visualized the data.

2017 True/False Film Fest directors nationality and gender distribution

       There are 36 directors from 19 different countries in 2017 True/False Film Fest. The U.S. has the most directors, followed by Germany and Denmark.
       Twenty-two directors are male, and 14 are female. Compared to 2016, the proportion of female directors in total has increased 11 percent.

       This piece was a part of the 2017 True/False Film Fest data visualization project. This idea came from diversity issue which has been a concern in the film industry. For this story, I collected the data myself and created a wind rose chart.

Other published data visualization projects on Columbia Missourian...