Why a journalist should use GIS – Views from the leading experts

A map can be a powerful tool when it comes to finding and reporting the news and there is currently no shortage of mapping software currently available to journalists None however are more suited to uncovering geographic patterns in data than a geographical information system (GIS). By interviewing those who know best in this this … Continue reading Why a journalist should use GIS – Views from the leading experts

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An academic study into the use of GIS in Journalism

This blog post explores; background to the study; spatial analysis; the important of spatial analysis to the journalist; what a geographic information system (GIS) is; the emergence of GIS in journalism; the emergence of data journalism; proprietary and open source GIS; the threat of web mapping services to GIS; other GIS issues; proprietary and open … Continue reading An academic study into the use of GIS in Journalism

Where can journalists get GIS training?

Geographic information systems (GIS) analysts working in other industries are often university graduates with degrees in GIS. Journalists do not have the luxury, time or resources to gain this level of training and will have to learn the software while still carrying out the demands of their day to day journalism duties.   David Donald … Continue reading Where can journalists get GIS training?

What GIS software should journalists use?

There is no shortage of GIS software available to journalists whether desktop applications or online variants, free and proprietary, and ranging in the depth of analysis capability and in complexity. The industry standard is Environmental Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) ArcGIS and it is the most sophisticated GIS software available on your desktop and the favourite … Continue reading What GIS software should journalists use?