Journalism 2.0
How to survive and thrive in the digital age

This blog is a companion to the book I have written. It will teach current (and future) journalists the skills they need to do better journalism with the help of digital technology. More information about the book.


Time to start asking for lat/long on maps

Unfortunately, we had to cover one of those news stories that turns your stomach this week. In the process, I was making a Google map to illustrate where a 12-year-old girl’s body had been found.

Since it wasn’t at an exact address, the map couldn’t be as precise as we wanted. So I asked the police PIO for the latitude and longitude of the location. They weren’t able to provide it this time, but you can imagine that this will become a standard operating procedure in the future. With more and more cars equipped with navigation systems, and more and more people using online mapping tools, lat/long will become as common as street addresses and zip codes are today.

Posted by MarkBriggs on Saturday, July 14, 2007


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