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Festival of data – Jillian Eugenios

Check out this interactive piece combining data and food –¬†

I love it because it is instantly immersive and interactive. The color palette is consistent, and it is visually engaging.

A big problem here is the teeny tiny text. The opening text, which tells the story, is white on a light blue background. It’s tough to read. Having a first page like that could deter some readers.

I like the flip-book style, and the attempt it makes at a narrative. And all pie charts should be in cereal bowl form. ūüôā

But look at the little text! How can we appreciate it when we can’t see it?

I would also really appreciate a birds-eye view of all of them to be able to compare.



Pitch: Literacy among New York City adults

From Jillian Eugenios (partner Maddy Hartman)

A proposed title or headline

Millions in funding,  but adult literacy in NYC still lags

A story slug ‚ÄĒ up to three words that capture the essence of your story

Adult literacy

Key elements

1.8 million adults in New York City lack English proficiency, and only a small percent have access to publicly-funded classes. According to the city budget, $24 million will be allocated every year over the next three years to fund these classes.
With only 4 percent of those in need actually accessing the classes, which neighborhoods are underserved, and why?

A news hook, or explanation of why this story matters now

  • Though there was a peak in 2010, annual allocations to adult literacy programs since then have been reduced by over $6.5 million. That represents a loss of close to 7,000 classroom seats.
  • New York State recently replaced the GED with the new TASC, which aligns more with Common Core. That switch means that adult students now need to adapt to the new test, but without increased support they will fall even more behind.

Links to data


New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy

LaGuardia Community College – Center for Immigrant Education and Training

Turning Point, a community-based organization located in Sunset Park and Red Hook that serves all of Brooklyn

Union settlement


Gomez/Eugenios, Permit Fees pitch

Byline: Camilo Gomez and Jillian Eugenios

Hede: New construction job? Permit fees may not be worth it

Slug: Permit Fees
Key elements:
Permit fees per job
Median annual wage per job
All 25 jobs listed with DOB
Information on where permit fees go
News hook: 
Construction jobs are on the rise, in an industry that has continued to show healthy growth post-recession. However, many of those jobs require permits that must be renewed every one to three years, bringing into question whether or not  some pay too much based on how much they earn.
Description of data and link:
Department of Buildings information on NYC Open Source Data

Alex Castaldi, 718-392-5077, NY Concrete Workers
Local contact of the New York State Laborers’ Union (represents over 40,000 members employed in the construction industry and other fields throughout the state)

Bryan LaVigne, Director of Administration & Development, Fiscal Policy Institute
518.786.3156 Office, 518.527.0353 Cell,

Anthony J. Barkume, Compensation research at Bureau of Labor Statistics, 202-691-7527,