Monday, July 28, 2008

When You Do a Story about Mapping Technology, It's Always Good to...SHOW A MAP!

Two stories today caught my attention for their "lack" of maps. One in the Fiji Times and one from MyrtleBeachOnline.com reported the use of maps in applications of forestry and hurricane storm tracking. If you are going to do a story on mapping technology it helps to actually display a sample map. For online publications that are not limited by the column inch, it certainly enhances the story to provide links and graphics. The MyrtleBeachOnline.com story buried the link to the NOAA national Hurricane Center's website. That should have been up at the top of the article along with a live feed to the NOAA site which updates the map regularly.

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