PULSE #4 🌍 There is something hypnotic about maps

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Maps are an interpretation of reality, an all-encompassing non-fiction one. They feature all kinds of information which, as we grow, we learn how to decode – the oceans, seas, hills, mountains, valleys, and ever-changing political divides. Mapping allows you to see things from a different perspective and can take your storytelling to a whole different level by showing patterns and exposing structures one wouldn’t notice otherwise. Maps are a very abstract and very specific storytelling tool which has lived through a renaissance in the internet era.

Enjoy a couple of great and diverse examples I dug out from our database, read about elections coverage as discussed at the POINT conference, check out where we are travelling these days and give us a shout if you are going to be attending any of the events I mentioned. If so, let’s meet.


Hate Map, SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

This story by SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 1020 hate groups in the US and placed them on a map. The map shows hate groups per capita in all the separate states using different shades of red. You can also see how these groups developed and multiplied/ decreased between 2000 and 2018. I can only tell you that the East took the lead.

Bird Migration Map, National Geographic

This beautiful, mesmerizing interactive map of seabirds, shorebirds, birds of prey, waterfowls, and land birds between North and South Americas is something I wholeheartedly recommend. It is beautiful and informative. If you can’t see them live, that is probably the best way to improve your bird-knowledge!

Mapped: The World’s largest C02 importers and exporters, Carbon Brief

If you are done looking at and listening to the birds, you might be ready for this one. Around 22% of global CO2 emissions stem from the production of goods that are, ultimately, consumed in a different country. However, traditional inventories do not include emissions associated with imported goods. Here you can look at a complete picture of emissions which consists of those outsourced to other countries, which provides a more accurate account of the true responsibility associated with a country’s actions.

Interactive map about the drug network in the Netherlands, VPRO and Submarine

This project, unfortunately in Dutch only, provides a sneak-peek into how the drug industry operates in the Netherlands. As a result of their gedoogbeleid (lit. “tolerance policy” or “policy of tolerance”), the Netherlands is typically seen as much more tolerant of drugs than most other countries but it is important to know that it is generally illegal to produce, possess, sell, import and export drugs in the country. Cannabis smoking is allowed only under specific terms and conditions.

Mapping the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan, The New York Times

Maps are an “amazing” way of covering natural disasters and help in relive missions. At those times, having information that directly links to the location is precisely what you need. Typhon Haiyan stormed the shores of the Philippines on November 8th, 2016. This story maps its consequences.

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Outriders Network

The last time you heard from us was just after the Outriders Meetup in Sarajevo which took place at a POINT conference. Our session focused on different ways of covering elections; we had a great line-up which included Verda Uyar from Dorglup Payi, Anastasiia Stanko from Hromadske, and Jacopo Ottaviani from Code for Africa. One day after our session, we hosted two separate workshops on Fact-checking and verification (lead by Marek Miller, a Google News Lab fellow) and data journalism and agility (lead by Jacopo Ottaviani). You can find a nice write-up of what was discussed in this medium post and find more resources connected to the workshops here.

Two weeks after Sarajevo, we were already in Lviv at the Lviv Media Forum tackling the issue of interactive reporting. You will hear more about this meetup in the next issue!

One more Outriders Meetup is due before we wrap up this season to focus on planning the next one, including our annual gathering taking place on November 21st and 22nd in Warsaw, Poland. This meetup will be a part of Outriders being one of the EJC engagement accelerator ambassadors. Today we are meeting with different Polish media representatives who have already adopted some version of a crowdfunding or subscription model, talking about what works, what doesn’t work, and what support is needed in the process. More details about how our conversation went are coming in two weeks when I am going to be at the Engagement Accelerator meetup in Berlin.


Next week I am going to the GEN Summit in Athens to talk about visual journalism in the context of solutions journalism. I will be talking about our own solutions story, The Luggage by Rafał Hetman, and how we worked on it. There will be more news about our Solutions Journalism Programme coming soon, and we are cooking something up for you!

Jakub Górnicki is traveling to Mezhyhirya Festival today where he will talk about our work and where our friends from Media Development Foundation will host a focus group to examine how our interactive database of stories could be improved! I will be sharing more about the outcomes of their effort once I have got them.

This week Kasia Białach and Jakub Górnicki are interviewing a bunch of news organization from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus that applied to be a part of our Media Garage programme. Keep your fingers crossed for the interviewees. The results should be next week!

Enjoy the rest of this week and the weekend!