The following is part of a chapter for a forthcoming book on online journalism. Contributions welcome.
Maps have become a familiar part of the news language online due to a number of advantages:
- They provide an easy way to grasp a story at a glance
- They allow users to drill down to relevant information local to them very quickly
- Maps can be created very easily, and added to relatively easily by non-journalists
- Maps draw on structured data, making them a very useful way to present data such as schools tables, crime statistics or petrol prices
- They can be automated, updating in response to real-time information
News organisations have used maps in a number of ways: Continue reading