Intro to Journalistic Map Mashups

Google Maps is a free mapping service from Google. A mashup is a Web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool.

Google Map Mania – Mike Peg’s blog about Google Map Mashups

-Mike’s introduction to Google Map Mashups

-Mike’s 50 Things to Do with Google Maps

-Mike’s index of current event maps

Mapki– A Wiki specifically for Google Map Mashups

So how can Google Maps be useful for journalists?

Here are a few examples of how news organizations are using Google Maps to cover events:

San Diego Fires (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Francisco Oil Spill (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Kansas Unsolved Homicides (The Wichita Eagle)

Also: See 5 Maps That Connect Communities and 7 Unique and innovative maps (via 10,000words.net)

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