In-class Activity: Getting started with charts and graphics

Use the data on Rowan’s main campus in 2017 Clery Report and spreadsheet comparing Rowan to other public universities in NJ draw graphics for each of the following questions below.

Refer to the Charts and Graph Thought-Starter for ideas and to identify the appropriate charts.

On a piece of paper, draw a sketch a graphic for each of the questions below. Include labels and numbers you need. When you are finished, let me look at them.


1. Create a chart that shows a comparison of total reported crimes at Rowan in 2014, 2015, 2016.

2. Create a chart the shows composition of all of the drug violations at Rowan in 2016. Show how many were violations and how many were arrests.

3. Create a chart that shows both composition and comparison of relationship crime (domestic violence and stalking) in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

4. Create a chart that shows comparison of total crimes in 2016 for Rowan, TCNJ, Kean, Montclair, NJIT, and Stockton.

5. Create a chart that shows comparison of the crimes per 1,000 students in 2016 for Rowan, TCNJ, Kean, Montclair, NJIT, and Stockton.


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Week 9 – Tues., Oct. 31 and Thurs., Nov. 2

In Class:
-Ronald Massari, Associate Director for Clery Compliance, Rowan University’s Department of Public Safety
-Comparing Rowan and other NJ university crime stats – Put stats and FTE from your assigned university here. (This article by is a nice example of what you can do with this info.)
Key concepts of data visualization

RU Safety Report Story #1: OverviewDue via email on Friday, Nov. 3 at noon 3pm

RU Safety Report Story #2: Group Enterprise story idea due in class on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Completed article due Thursday, Nov. 16

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RU Safety Report Story #2: Group Enterprise

Worth 65 points (10 points off for late work)

Focused story pitch – what your story is and how you are reporting it – in class on Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

Article due Tuesday, Nov 21.

Each team will post their article to

 It must contain:

  • 750-1,000 word article
  • Bylines including credits for photo/graph
  • Appropriate use of crime data
  • 1 photo or video
  • 1 graph or chart
  • 4 sources quoted

Objective: Report and write an enterprise story using Rowan University public safety information. You can use any stat or data you can find on (including daily crime log, Clery Report, events, trainings, etc) as a starting point for your story. Enterprise journalism goes beyond press releases or news conferences. It uncovers the forces that shape such events. It explores not just the who, what, where, and when, but the how and why.

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RU Safety Overview Story

Rowan Clery Report Overview (Worth 35 points)

Due Friday, Nov. 3 at noon 3pm via email.

NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED. If I don’t receive your story via email by the deadline, 0 points for the assignment.

Write a 500-word hard news story of that summarizes key crime stats on Rowan University’s main campus from the 2017 Safety and Fire report. Use the analysis and spreadsheets we did in class.

Required elements:

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Week 8 – Tues., Oct. 24 and Thurs., Oct 26

In Class:
Quiz 2 due at start of class on Tuesday, Oct. 24
RU Safety Report Project Overview

For Thursday, spend some time familarizing yourself with the Clery Disclosures tab of Rowan University’s Public Safety web site  And “critically skim” the 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (pdf)

-For Tuesday Oct. 31

  1. Finish the calculations and answering the questions in the GlassboroCrimeCalculations (pdf) handout
  2. Formulate 3 questions to ask Mr. Massari

Also for Tuesday, Oct 31:

Go online and find the 2016 Clery Report for your assigned school (see list below).

Put the info for 2016 into this spreadsheet groupcrimeassign2template (.xls) (Note: Make sure you put the correct info in the correct categories. They may not be the same at every school or in the same order.)

Find the FTE for your schools on this report. Put your FTE into the spreadsheet.

Save your spreadsheet as YOURINITIALSnjucrime.xls (for example: MBGnjucrime.xls)

Bring it with you to class on Tuesday

  • Rhiannon – The College of New Jersey
  • Tyler – Kean University
  • Cody – Montclair State University
  • Stephen – New Jersey City University
  • Lauren – New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dylan – Ramapo College of NJ
  • Matt – Rutgers University-Camden
  • Sean – Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Aden – Rutgers University-Newark
  • Kristen – Stockton University
  • Drew  – Thomas Edison State University
  • Sharayla – William Paterson University of New Jersey


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RU Safety Report Project (Fall 2017)

Clery Report Group Project (30% of overall grade for semester)
Students will work  to obtain, analyze and report on crime statistics from Rowan University and other universities in New Jersey. Students will work both individually and in teams. Students will compile, clean, and provide context to data through analysis and original reporting.  Students will produce two stories: an individual overview story and a group enterprise story. This work will be in done both in and outside of class. Group work will be evaluated on completeness, accuracy, overall presentation and teamwork.

Schedule of Classwork and Assignments:

  • 10/24 – Project overview and beginning work
  • 10/26 – Analyzing data and formulating questions
  • 10/31 – Q&A with Ronald Massari, Associate Director for Clery Compliance
  • 11/3 – Overview story due
  • 11/7 – Group Enterprise story pitch
  • 11/9 & 11/14 – Visualizations and group work
  • 11/16 – Group Enterprise story due – Details TBA

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