Maps on news Web sites: An overview

The Online Journalism Blog offers a great primer on using maps effectively on online news sites. The post discusses the advantages of maps:

  • 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

The post also discusses the many types and uses of maps. It’s a great resource and inspiration for students.

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