Thursday, May 11, 2006

How Google Maps is used in News & Media - Part 2

I'm back with my second of three posts devoted to how the news and media world has been making use of the Google Maps API. Online news is being made interactive, radio is mapping coverage areas and citizen journalists are creative interesting news maps applications and mashups. (Check here for Part 1) In Part 3 I'll offer my own suggestions and observations about how this exciting new web technology can be employed in this space.

New Maps:

New York Times: Murder Mapping in the Five Boroughs - The New York Times made this article interactive by Google Mapping 3 years of NYC police department homicide data. After choosing boroughs each pin represents an individual or multiple homicide showing victim's race, the suspect, the relationship and motive for the murder.


FloridaToday.com: Space Launch Sites Mapped - Florida Today has included an interactive Google Map on their site which maps space launch sites at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. It includes a database of every launch since the dawn of the space age, shuttle and rocket launch video and images, and video tours inside facilities people usually don't get a chance to see guided by its space reporters. It also has an enhanced 3D Google Earth version you can download as well. This is a great example of a newspaper using its historical archive to create a maps mashup for visitors from all around the world. A local news outlet now has international reach (perhaps with new advertising opportunities) thanks to Google Maps.


Other recent examples:
Citizen Journalism:
Geodevelopers are taking the Google Maps API and mixing it with sources of news to make "News Maps":
Do you know of other examples that are not listed in parts 1 and 2? If so, please post a comment so this blog post can be an organic gallery of news mapping examples. Stay tuned for Part 3!
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