Sometimes you need to get creative about gathering data for a story

Reporting on last month’s shutdown of the Washington, D.C., metro, the Bloomberg graphics team created a map of surge pricing on Uber. But because Uber only shares that information with users when they request a ride, the graphics reporters had to manually request dozens of rides and take notes on how prices changed. Graphics reporter David Ingold says: “It was a low-tech and primitive way of getting data. But the reader doesn’t care, they just care about getting the stories.”