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
“Maps are like campfires – everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance” – Sonoma Ecology Centre The books of Terry Pratchitt’s comic fantasy series Discworld are among the most loved works in literature by children and adults alike. Events are set on the fictional Discworld, a flat … Continue reading Using Maps to tell a news story
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
In Focus with Claire Wardle - User Generated Content Journalist. The London Underground map, instantly recognisable across the globe, really is a thing of beauty, so simple but yet so efficient. The first track opened in 1863 as the Metropolitan Line and since then has evolved into a complicated network consisting of 11 lines connected … Continue reading Using Mapping for News Gathering
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?
Clem Henrikson, senior marketing analyst of the Environmental Research Social Institute (ESRI), the GIS market leader states: “When you use a computer to map you need data because if the user doesn't have data the computer won't have anything to show, it’s such an obvious statement that t so often gets overlooked." "In the 21st … Continue reading Where can journalists get GIS data?
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?