All posts by Madison Hartman

Pitch: LGBT Visibility on TV

Partnering with Jillian Eugenios

Headline: LGBT On TV – Who’s leading the way


Key elements: 2013 was a good year for LGBT visibility on TV, with a considerable increase in the quantity of characters. Leading the networks was Fox, with 42% of their primetime programming including some form of LGBT storylines. Conversely, CBS featured only 14%. As we settle into 2014, how are the networks fairing? Are the midseason debuts measuring up or dropping the ball? A well known issue with LGBT characters on TV is their rapid rate of death, we could dig into those numbers and see how long their arcs last. Are they actually dying at an alarmingly higher rate?

News Hook: In the coming months, some of the most praised LGBT inclusive shows such as Orphan Black and Orange Is The New Black premiere their sophomore seasons. Will they keep up their much-praised representation in the new year?

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Festival of Data: Olympic Medal History

This interactive, created by the New York Times, gives a detailed overview of the medals won at each Winter Olympics in history. Readers can select a year, country or type of medal to sort through. When you select a certain year and country, you can then click for more information and a pop-out shows the names of the Olympians who won for that country and which medals they won in what events. Each year is displayed as a bubble and the size of the bubble depends on the number of medals earned.  If you click on the year, the countries resort in order of who won the most overall medals. One possible addition that I would like to see is the total number of medals won by each country over the entire history of the winter games, which would be especially interesting for the smaller countries.

Hartman/Smiley: Olympic Injuries

Madison Hartman & Minda Smiley

Title: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt: Hundreds of Olympians are Injured During Winter Olympic Games

Slug: Olympic Injuries


As the winter Olympics heat up in Sochi, each news cycle alerts us of yet another athlete’s injury. Before the games even began, a young American free skier broke her leg and had to be wheeled through the opening ceremony.


Data from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver breaks down all the injuries from those games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissioned a team of doctors and researchers to record injuries that took place during the games in order to find out more about injury rates during the games to try to combat them in the future.


We’ve talked to Doctor Lars Engebretsen, Head of Scientific Activities for the IOC, to help put some of the information in context. We also spoke with the Minnesota Gophers Athletic Trainer for Men’s Hockey so he could help explain why so many hockey players get injured. Currently, we are trying to get in touch with someone at the Sport Injury Prevention Center to see if they have been influenced by the study. We would also like to know what work they have done to try to prevent Olympic injuries.


Our graphics break down the injuries primarily by gender, sport, and injury location. Our first graph features a skeleton (front and back) that shows total injuries by location and number.


Our second graph is a bar graph that shows injuries by event type using percentages. For example, the first and highest bar shows that ice hockey contributed to 18% of the injuries. When you hover over the bar, you can see just how many injuries there were (in this case, 82).


Our third graph is also a bar graph that shows the most common injuries by place of injury and sport.


We also include some key takeaway facts, including most dangerous sport for female athletes compared to male athletes as well as which gender received more injuries per 1,000 athletes.

Overall, our work distills this information into graphics that can help readers get a more comprehensive understanding of just how Olympic injuries break down. Through adding expert opinion, we are able to see how this data compares to the injuries in the recent Sochi games as well as find out what steps are being taken to prevent injuries. They can also explain why some sports are more dangerous than others and what can be done to help athletes compete as safely as possible.

Hartman Data Sets – All of the Olympics

Data Set 1: Olympic Countries

Beginning in 1998, a group of ten members of the International Society of Olympic Historians from around the world came together to create a database of Olympic-related information. Each member of the team is responsible for a certain data set and maintains it individually before sending it to the editors for final approval. The website is part of the Fox Sports Network. This data is interesting because it breaks down a multitude of Olympic information in one easy table. The data shows when each country began competing in the summer and winter games, their medal counts and number of athletes ever to compete. I think using this data set to highlight how some countries, for example a small country like Andorra, has sent more athletes to the Winter games than other countries with exceedingly larger populations.


Data Set 2: LGBT Representation on TV

Each year GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) evaluates LGBT representation on both network and cable television. GLAAD’s entertainment team, led by Associate Director of Entertainment Media, Matt Kane, research and monitor all network television as well as a number of cable channels throughout the year to track the progress of LGBT inclusion in both television and major motion pictures. The data can be found on their website for the past several years and in the included link, the 2013 report, there are references to past years and how the inclusion has risen or fallen, broken down by channel. This would be interested data to display in a more visual manner because the long report makes it difficult to compare network-to-network, cable channel to cable channel etc. The heavy text document is full of information that would be far more digestible if presented in a series of graphics.


Data 3: Olympic Injuries

The British Journal of Sports Medicine published an article following the 2010 Winter Olympics detailing the injuries and illnesses incurred by athletes during the games. The data comes from the 82 National Olympic Committee’s head physicians who were asked to report daily occurrences as well as medical centers in Vancouver and Whistler clinics. I found this data interesting because of the timeliness of it, with the 2014 Winter Olympics beginning this week. Leading up to and during the Olympics, the winter version in particular, the media calls attention to the athletes who cannot return to the games due to injury as well as those who are injured during qualifying rounds etc. If I delve further into this data set, I would compare it to the article published by this journal in 2012, following the Summer Olympics, and compare the amount of injuries during the lastest summer and winter games to see which is more dangerous, and specifically which sports produce the most injuries as well as to what body parts.