The National Debt: Visualized
Category: Best visualization (small and large newsrooms)
Country/area: United States
Organisation: The Wall Street Journal
Organisation size: Big
Publication date: 8 Mar 2019
Credit: Brian McGill
Breaking down the U.S. National Debt into digestible and quantifiable ways.
Was discussed in the U.S. congress. Several congressman tweeted it out to their constituents
I used a scraper to grab the daily number from the Treasury department and calculated it down to the closest second. Talked with the Treasury about the breakdown and visualized it using ‘scrollytelling’
What was the hardest part of this project?
Working with the Treasury to have daily access to the latest number and making sure that traffic from our site wasn’t pinging their site too often causing it to crash. Why should it be selected? Because it gives viewers real time up-to-the-second access to just how much debt the U.S. owes and by showing just how massive this number is and what it means going forward for the country.
What can others learn from this project?
How big the U.S. debt truly is. Who owns all of it. How many other things the debt can buy.