Infographic Workbook

How did I find the data?

My initial idea was to compare the cost of the UK’s war in Syria & Iraq and compare it to the the deficit in the NHS. However after failing to source an appropriate dataset I decided to look elsewhere for a story. 

I settled for reasons for divorce statistics I found on the ONS website.

Why did I choose it?

I was struggling to find some data that I could structure out into a graphic however felt like this data set was clear enough for me to do.

What I noticed about the data

I was expecting to see big changes in the reasons for the divorce however due to the change in the sample size in the data I acquired from different years it changed only marginally in certain categorises.

Editorial Issues?

I encountered a few issues during the research of the data. The main one being the fact that I could only find data for the last 20 years; I would have preferred a broader time period of maybe 50 years to fully see a change.

I also struggled initially finding the dataset however after I stumbled upon the set I eventually chose I was confident I could lay it out how I wanted.


I decided I wanted a colourful design so that was at the forefront of my mind when planning and designing it.

I wasn’t too sure initially on how I was going to present the data however drew information from ‘Information is beautiful’ by David McCandless.




‘Information is Beautiful’ by David McCandless


Divorce in the last 20 years: How has it actually changed?

How have reasons for divorce changed in the last 20 years?

Twenty-two percent of couples will suffer a marital disruption in their first 5 years of marriage according to the National Centre for Health Statistics. After 20 years of marriage there’s a 53% chance that your marriage will end in divorce. 

In 1960, UK divorce rates were at their lowest for 5 years, with 24,000 couples deciding to annul their marriages legally. By 1996 that figure had risen to over 157,000. Britain had seen big societal changes in the latter years of the century and people’s lifestyles changed, as a result, so did their reasons for divorcing their partners.

There can be many reasons for the breaking down of a marriage or relationship however the reasons recognised by law are:

  1. Unreasonable behaviour – This can mean any reason that makes the relationship impossible to continue e.g. violence.
  2. Adultery – The petitioner must prove with evidence that their spouse has had sexual relationship with another person.
  3. Desertion – When your partner has deserted you for more than two years; one of the rarer reasons granted for divorce.
  4. Separation with consent – This can be granted once the two parties of the relationship have lived apart from each other for more than two years.
  5. Separation without consent – After 5 years of separation, the petitioner can apply for divorce without their spouse’s consent.

The days of sex being a taboo in everyday conversations are over and naturally with the increase in casual sex becoming more socially accepted, so have the number of reported adulteries being the reason for the breakage in a couple’s marriage. Given the breakthrough in social media and the internet, you’d be forgiven for making the presumption that the adultery rate would increase given the ease of making new friendships and being connected to nearly every human on the planet on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, however according to the Office for National Statistics, adulteries being one of the primary reasons for a couple’s divorce have actually decreased since 1996.

‘It’s not you, it’s me’, ‘We can’t work through this’. As cliche as they are, they’re still the most common reasons for divorce in the past 20 years. Not completely beyond a stretch of imagination as it’s the broadest category. Incompatibility, financial issues, unrealistic expectations of marriage all are signs your marriage could be headed down a slippery slope.

With the change in divorce legislation in 1969, petitioners were allowed to divorce their spouses after two years of separation and consent and then after 5 years of separation and no consent. Since 1996 it’s been a big reason for couple’s divorcing. 

It’s interesting to note how the sample size and range decreases more recently, with only a total of 107,000 taking part in 2016’s survey compared to the 156,201 in 1996. A reason for this could be that couples are cohabiting from younger ages and due to the secularisation of modern day society and the decline in religious adherence there’s less interest in getting married. However decline in people’s interest in getting marriage is not the only reason for the fall in divorce rates, there’s a number of factors which also have had bearing. Will divorce rates continue to fall in the next 50 years and what will be the main reasons? Only time will tell.

Source: National Office for Statistics (ONS).

East Dulwich’s supermarket failing

East Dulwich’s supermarket failing

Residents of East Dulwich are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the state of the Co-op on Lordship Lane.

The shop, which is located on the high street has been receiving complaints recently due to the decrease in standards of one of East Dulwich’s most popular supermarkets. Customers have started to complain about a number of issues such as the temperates being too cold, lack of trollies, food past their sell-by date. 

Regular shopper Lynne said: “The last lot of meat I bought there was past it’s sell-by date, as I only noticed when I got home.” There have also been complaints of lack of staff on hand which a user on East Dulwich’s forum claimed: “The manager apparently told my friend he can’t get shelf stackers, he has stock going nowhere!”.

There is competition on the high street however with an M&S down the street. When asked which shop she preferred, resident Barbara Woodman said: “M&S provides us with what we believe we deserve, whilst, the Coop gives the locale it’s heartfelt indifference.”. Despite poor standards of the Co-op, some are still reluctant to use the M&S which is also located on Lordship Lane. “It has always been freezing and there’s overpriced stuff littering M&S too!”.





From the Basque Country to London in 5,000 miles

From the Basque Country to London in 5,000 miles

The sun blasts through the window, frost on the windows and 18 year old Itziar Telleria Flores from the small town of Durango, Basque Country has to take her 45 minute bus ride from East Dulwich to central London.

Despite being a far cry from the mountainous regions of Northern Spain in which she grew up, she doesn’t feel too homesick, she’s used to it; spending the three years prior to now studying in South Africa before she moved to London.

“Obviously it was a big culture shock. I didn’t know one person and I got very homesick at the beginning”. Itziar was one of six students from her school in Bilbao who gained scholarship to study in Johannesburg. “I didn’t speak a word of English when I moved there so it was very difficult at first for me.”

Leaving her family was something she initially struggled with, however fell in love with the city she moved to. “It was so different to where I’d grown up I just loved the different way of living”. The weather was something she wasn’t used to, particularly in the winter. “People think that because you live in Spain it’s just hot all the time but we have extremely cold winters in the north. Johannesburg is hot all year round”

Returning home after finishing her schooling in Johannesburg, studying abroad was something she’d thoroughly enjoyed and felt like she wanted to do again and was leaning towards studying engineering in the future.“My interest in engineering came from an passion for fine art at first. I know they don’t sound like they’re related but I’ve always loved drawing. The reason I went with engineering was because realistically the chances of me getting a job as an artist are very low and I wanted to feel like I was making something”.

“I think that I matured a lot quicker growing up away from my family in a different country”. However, after spending her early teenage years away from home, her parents were opposed to the idea and insisted that she undertake her university education in Spain. “My parents couldn’t afford to send me to England and pay for university here, especially in London where everything is so much more expensive than in Spain so I had to apply for a student loan”.

Adamant that engineering was the career path for her, she applied for Imperial College London. After excelling in her exams she gained an unconditional offer from the university. “I think because not many girls go into engineering that it helped my application”. Being one of only 5 girls in her class of 130 she feels as though the industry needs more women. “I was quite surprised when I turned up on my first day and I was one of the only girls.”

Staying with family friends in East Dulwich, Itziar commutes 45 minutes every day to and from university to fulfil her ambition of becoming an engineer. “I don’t mind the journey, it’s a nice reminder I live in one of the best cities in the world”. 




The Audio Production Awards gala

The Audio Production Awards gala

The ninth instalment of the Audio Production Awards gala, sponsored by Audible took place at the BPI on the Southbank. The evening focused on celebrating the achievement of those involved in the production and distribution of radio shows all year round.

BBC 1Xtra’s Trevor Nelson MBE presented the evening which saw the industry’s most talented receive all manner of awards on the 23rd November 2017. The black-tie event was supported by a number of corporations and was fully catered with a bar offering free alcohol in the foyer with views of the Thames.  

Notable nominees included Michael Sheen and Ed Miliband as well as many more. The event started at 8:00pm and ended at 11:00pm with a comedic set from Mark Watson as well as magician Lance-Corporal Richard Jones. 



Search Engine Optimisation:

Increases the possibility of your website being found on the internet. This is done by:

  • Key words in the headlines and the slug
  • Relevant image file names
  • Linking social media accounts
  • MetaData
  • Hyperlinking and Backlinking
  • RSS Plugins

Make your site responsive: Ensure website is cross-platform friendly (Works on mobile, tablet, PC etc.)

Big data

Big data

Big Data: Extremely large data sets that can be analysed to reveal patterns and trends usually relating to human behaviours and interactions

Data Journalism: Journalism that is done with data opening up new possibilities when writing stories.


What can you do with the data?

  • Tell what a certain development might actually mean
  • Create personalised calculators to help people make decisions (How buying a car may affect someone in terms of their tax etc.)
  • Analyse the dynamics of complex situations such as big elections or riots etc.
  • Building articles on facts and insights 




Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication 

Way of getting other people’s content onto your site. Displays other people’s content onto yours site.

Aggregation tool

Useful due to the fact that it constantly keeps your site fresh and helps it become visible as you’re joining a network.