A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801
I thought long and hard about writing my own how-to for Google Maps. But Dan Kennedy, local media critic, Northeastern University professor and online Friend of Jenn, has already written a very thorough guide, which I’d likely reference to the point of plagiarism. Please read Dan’s post on the subject, and we will discuss how we will use Google Maps in our Best _____ project on EC Reporter in class on Friday.
For several years I’ve asked students in my digital journalism classes to do a group project involving Google Maps. It’s a pretty simple assignment. They go out and write reviews for their blogs about coffee shops near Northeastern, or pizza restaurants, or whatever we’ve all agreed to. Then they plot the location on a map and include a link to their review. The idea is to introduce them to the power of mapping and how it can be used as a tool for non-linear storytelling.
Recently I was faced with the prospect of using the new Google Maps, which struck me as significantly more cumbersome than the old version. I couldn’t find much in the way of good documentation online, so I put out a call on Twitter. That brought a response from Aleszu Bajak, the editor of StoryBench, a how-they-did-it site that’s part of our School of Journalism’s Media Innovation graduate…
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