Some REALLY cool news maps

National Geographic
Not surprisingly, National Geographic does an amazing job of using Google Earth to tell compelling stories and get more mileage out of its articles, photos, and other content.

Yesterday I went on a major learning/exploration binge online. I love days like that, when the information and connections all seem to be flowing. Anyway, thanks to my community here on Contentious, as well as E-Media Tidbits, Twitter, and the members-only discussion list of the Society of Environmental Journalists, I learned a ton about the journalistic and news uses of interactive maps.

This was all prep for an interview that will happen shortly. Adena Shutzberg will be interviewing me for the Directions on the News podcast. So in prep for that interview, here are several links to cool news maps that were recommended to me, and notes about why they’re cool…

Malaria Map. Adena told me she plans to discuss the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) mentioned in this Feb 25 Reuters story. The MAP map (love that!) is a Google Earth kmz file. Here’s an animation of what it looks like.

Of all the maps with news or journalistic value that were recommended to me yesterday, these made the greatest impression…

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What are your favorite interactive news maps?
Even a very simple interactive map can tell a powerful news story.

Tomorrow I’m being interviewed by Adena Schutzberg for the Directions on the News podcast, which I’ve mentioned before on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits. We’ll discuss some of our favorite news maps and why they’re cool, engaging, and useful.

I need your help: What are some of your favorite recent online news maps? These could be produced by news orgs, or simply offer news value. Also, which online news maps have you created that you’re particularly proud of? Please comment below with your examples and links. I’m sure that collectively Contentious readers have seen many more cool news maps than I have.

I tend to be more intrigued by simple maps using simple tools that offer real insight or value — maps that almost anyone could put together with a few basic tools and skills. Here are a few examples I’m considering discussing…

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Editorials in Cyberspace: Live Twitter Coverage Today

Today I’m in Los Angeles, where later this morning I’ll be co-presenting a session on “future tools” at the Editorial/Commentary in Cyberspace seminar at the Knight Digital Media Center.

Want to follow the action live? Then follow me on Twitter! I use the Twitter ID amylive when I use Twitter as a “live microblogging” tool for event coverage. (That way I don’t overwhelm my followers at my regular Twitter ID, agahran, with a stream of very frequent posts.) The only time I won’t be Twittering today is during my 9-10:30 a.m. PT session, and during lunch.

If you’re not familiar with Twitter, here’s how you can follow me…

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