COVID and Hunger Collide. Mapping Who Gets Stimulus Payments.

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Who will get COVID-19 stimulus checks? Some want to limit relief to those making less than $50,000. Who would suffer?

How do you convey the details and consequences of such a decision? How can this be done quickly in a form that is easy to understand and share online?

This Storymap shows household income by count and who represents the district in Congress. We took a closer look at West Virginia where 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children are hungry.

This Storymap shows which counties are suffering the most. It shows the median household impact and who represents the district in Congress. We took a closer look at West Virginia where 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children are hungry.

Designing this StoryMap

Explaining the consequences of a political decision is hard. We used StoryMaps (a free app) to combine:

  • Household median incomes
  • Who represent the interests of these communities
  • Videos to show the devastation from poverty and hunger
  • Political arguments

This information is captured in an interactive map and visual story that can be shared with this link. The StoryMap includes a quote from a recent Washington Post article today. The StoryMap is can be updated at any time with other developments.

Takeaway: Don’t let political doublespeak confuse people. Make your point quickly, visual, interactive and easy to share with the free StoryMap app.


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