In 2007, Google introduced the “My Maps” function to Google Maps, which allowed non-programmers to build and share customized Google Maps using a simple point-and-click interface. That tool can help journalists quickly slap up an online map whenever relevant news, such as a wildfire, breaks.
The Google Maps API has been a great boon for news websites and a great help in creating all kinds of interactive graphics involving maps.
Today, you’ll learn how to create interactive maps that can be used to enhance your stories.
You’ll be creating:
A Google map of your childhood neighbourhood and marking it with social paths. This map will be embedded into your blog post.
How to Guide here:
We will also look at how Google Streetview can be used to report news.
Some examples to get us started…
Please email your blogpost with map embedded to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Friday October 21st.