The Story-telling Power of Maps

I continue to be amazed by the story-telling power of maps. This New York Times interactive map of recent fighter jet and drone strikes in northern Iraq makes me wonder how the use of visualized data used by news media in the form of maps would have changed the way people understood, in real-time, previous wars and conflicts. Yes, social media is changing the face of journalism, but so is data-driven journalism and visualized data of this quality. (Not to be confused with the lack of quality found in the vast majority marketing-oriented infographics.)

A couple of weeks ago, for the Hammock blog and the Hammock Idea Email, I wrote a post on the power of current mapping technology and some ways maps are being used to cover such stories as the Ebola epidemic.