The Trump Effects Graphics

Christine Chan, Matthew Weber and the Reuters team

Amidst the late-night tweets and the numerous leaks from the Oval Office, Reuters managed to separate bluster from policy with a dynamic interactive graphics package that examined the impact of President Trump’s policies in his first year in the White House. The Web-based initiative considered a number of substantive issues that matter deeply to people and businesses: health care and health insurance (from the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act to the opioid crisis); the environment and energy (from the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to ending the “war on coal”); and immigration and border security (from the federal defunding of sanctuaries to the controversy over DACA). The immersive graphics leveraged text, photos, charts and maps into a series of cohesive, comprehensive mini-narratives. Each topic outlined the specific actions taken and measured the effects of those policies; each story was supported by solid data that illuminated the hard numbers behind every issue, from monthly refugee arrival figures to prescription drug prices and costs to the uptick in U.S. coal exports. The result? An insightful, accessible, fact-filled and ultimately sobering snapshot of the Trump administration’s first year.

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