Category: Student Work

Groh: Dataviz Final

The salary for public officials is often at the center of debate. Citizens complain that state employees are paid too high.  State employees say they aren’t compensated enough. Often the conversation ends up revolving around taxes. If state officials want higher salaries they need to find it somewhere in the budget or raise taxes. Regular citizens are normally pretty open to reducing their own taxes, but that reflects negatively in another persons’ check.


To begin to understand how much and why certain state officials are paid their given salary, a state’s tax revenue and overall budget need to be analyzed.

As shown by the table, California and New York have by far the biggest budgets and tax revenues. This is directly proportional, for the most part, with the average salary of each state’s public employees. So the larger the tax revenue and budget the higher the salary.


A state’s budget and revenue are fairly indicative of an employee’s potential salary. However, there are few exceptions as seen in the graph. Also, these numbers do not differentiate between part-time and full-time employees, which would denote a salary difference.

When the numbers are broken down by job type, there is a shocking result. The highest paid state employees in the United States are division I basketball and football coaches.

American sports are a huge profit generator. Nowhere else in the world are college sports taken so seriously, either.

The head coach of the University of Alabama football team, Nick Saban, makes $7 million a year. Since 2009, the Crimson Tide have won four national championships, were runners-up twice, produced 2 Heisman trophy winners, and haven’t lost more than 2 games in one season.

However, there is a caveat with this number that applies to all the other coaches. These schools and athletic departments make the majority of there money from other avenues other than taxes. Large T.V. commercial deals, sponsorships, rights to broadcast a game, ticket sales, merchandise sales, and concessions all contribute to Nick Saban’s salary. What amplifies the situation is that the better the team does, the more money the school gets for high profile playoff games, increased merchandise sales, and inflated ticket prices. So to say that these coaches are state employees may be a stretch. However, they are still employed by a public university which is apart of the state. Therefore, coaches are still considered state employees/

What has some people complaining, is the compensation the coaches get for the level of importance of their job. Employees who work in the state capital are crucial to the functioning of the state but don’t see the same level of compensation. This simply boils down to the industry. Some industries are more lucrative than others just as reporters are not paid as much as bankers.

What’s most interesting is that no state governors make the list of being the state’s highest paid employee. The majority of the people who are the highest paid employees are doctors, coaches, and university administrative personnel. Governors make around $100,000 a year.

The role of the governor may be more important in the management and functioning of the state, but that nature of the job doesn’t illicit a high wage. Even the highest office in the U.S only gets paid $400,000. To put this in perspective, Donald Trump would only be the highest paid public employee in three states: Maine, New Hampshire, and Montana.


Groh: assignment 4

Drones may have a very large impact in my future. Since I want to be a reporter, I am always thinking about new ways to shoot film and how to create an interesting standup. If I am able to go to a location and use a drone to get ariel footage of something I wouldn’t normally be able to get to, it will increase my stature as a reporter. It will make me a go to person for information since I am able to get photos of things others people can’t. It will also make all my footage more dynamic. I will be able to follow rescue crews as they walk into a disaster site. What’s really exciting is that it will make me even more powerful as a one-man-band reporter. To do certain standups reporters need a cameraman. However, with a drone, I am my own camera man, and I can have it follow me where ever I go. So, I can increase the creativity of my shots.

Assignment 3 – Elena

My chatbot is made to answer any questions that people may have regarding coming to Newhouse for the graduate TRF program. It has AI rules to answer specific questions people may have about tuition, living situations, financial aid, and program issues.

It’s called test page for now because my bot wouldn’t connect to the other pages I created! I requested the change though, so it should be Newhouse TRF Grad Program soon.

Assignment 3: Groh

After going to the Drone Journalism school this past weekend, I thought it would be valuable to have a destination where people can ask questions about drone law. The confusing laws of such a new technology can be confusing to navigate, so DroneLaw attempts to simplify the intricate legalese and provide novice pilots with the basic information they need to know to avoid breaking the law.

Click this link to learn about drone laws.

Assignment 2 – Elena DeLuccia

So I’m a big Star Trek fan (yes, I know, I’m a dork) and there was this thing called the Replicator, which could make items appear out of thin air. They used to kind of just materialize on a pad in front of whomever ordered the item. This is a piece of science fiction that pretty much came into reality when 3D printing started. We’re now able to make something materialize into an object (of course, not as efficiently as in Star Trek) out of what seems like thin air.

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As for technology I’m interested in, I’d really love to do my field test with one of the 360 cameras (preferable the Nikon) in order to take a 360 video at each of Ithaca’s Gorges and make a catalog of them. I see that no one has done this yet, and I think it would be really great for Ithaca’s tourist population. I’d love to submit it to when I’m done so maybe they can be published. Check out the gorges here!


Personal Project Proposal – Elena DeLuccia

I hope that I can show the issues that women face in the entertainment industry regarding the wage gap, sexism and other challenges. I’ll highlight women working behind the scenes, women onscreen as well as female critics in the film spectrum.

I plan on using data acquired San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Film & Television, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety to put together charts through Highcharts, infographics through infogram, as well as an interactive chart through nvd3. Each will show the three different aspects of the industry that I mentioned.

I have written a personal essay to go along with the data, which also provides more factual info. This would be more of a personal piece with journalistic aspects.


Assignment 6 – Elena DeLuccia

With the failure of Republicans to pass a new healthcare plan, I thought it would be interesting to see how Obamacare has helped the population with insurance overall. I took the population census’ from 2011-2015 and then took the average of those populations (they were listed per month) and compared them with the percentage of uninsured Americans to get a final number for the total uninsured.

I think this chart shows the significant amount that the number of uninsured Americans has dropped and how much Obamacare has helped to get Americans insured.


Assignment #1 – Elena DeLuccia

I was really intrigued by the Makerspace – it’s amazing and I wish more students knew about it! I found the software a little clunky at first, but I eventually got more familiar with it. It’s definitely a challenge to keep the 3D version of yourself accurately at proportion. Sketchfab is pretty convenient, I’m really surprised it’s free!

I made myself into a trophy because, honestly, it was the only thing I could think of to add when you have a statuesque version of yourself.

Assignment 1: Groh

The small model of myself did not come out as well as I thought. I learned a term called “overhang”. It is the area of the bust that requires vertical pillars that act as a support system to keep it upright when it’s being created. If there’s too much overhang there will be a lot of supports and it will be harder to end up with a clean final product.

With that being said, there is a great upside to 3D printing. Being able to upload 3D models of objects and share them on social media is a powerful too. Especially if those models are interactive. There is a lot of potential for educational benefits. Whether it’s looking at bodily organs or a physical place, being able to navigate something that was previously impossible to do allows us to share knowledge with a vast amount of people. However, certain challenges I foresee are the affordability of doing something like this, the technological requirements for people, and the problem of giving information to people that they are unprepared to understand. Spreading knowledge is good, but giving complex ideas to people without the necessary foundational understanding of it does nothing.

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Assignment 6: GROH

I examined the relationship between overall crime in New York versus the amount of sentences for those crimes. The data reveals a slight decrease in overall crime and a sharp decrease in the amount of criminals sentenced. There could be a multitude of reasons for this, however; I expect the cause to be an already over populated jail system and the sentiment that “lesser” crimes shouldn’t be punishable by prison sentences.