If you’re using maps as a data journalist it’s important to be aware of the editorial choices you are making — and how they can skew your reporting.
In this video — first made for students on the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University and shared as part of a series of video posts — I introduce critical cartography, the different types of maps you might choose to use to tell a story, and the different types of stories that they can tell.
I also give some examples of geography-based stories that might be better told with other charts, and list some tools and tips that can be used to tell geographical stories.
Links mentioned in the video include Theo Kindynis’s research on critical cartography; and Stories Behind A Line. And there are two related videos I refer to which are embedded below. First, a West Wing clip on mapping (more on that here):
And second, a Vox explainer on election maps: