Hacks/Hackers #44 – All Things Maps and Journalism

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Hacks/Hackers is a space to talk about the intersection between technology and journalism. Come and join us!

After our winter break, we'll meet again at the ZEIT ONLINE newsroom and bring you three short talks and space to discuss the latest tech and journalism topics. This time we'll focus on the use of digital maps in journalism.


Sascha Venohr and Julius Tröger – Maps at ZEIT ONLINE
https://twitter.com/venohr | https://twitter.com/juliustroeger

Visualising geo-localised data on maps is one of the most classical format of data driven journalism. ZEIT ONLINE has been experimenting with this form of story telling for years. Julius Tröger (Head of Visual Journalism) and Sascha Venohr (Head of Data Journalism) will show different examples for map applications that were created in ZEIT ONLINE's newsroom. And on top they also show how maps are built in their day-to-day business.


Anna Thieme and Hans Hack – Making maps with Datawrapper
https://twitter.com/datawrapper | https://twitter.com/hnshck

Anna Thieme and Hans Hack will talk about the map features they help develop at Datawrapper (https://datawrapper.de). Datawrapper is used by many newsrooms around the world to create interactive charts and maps for online stories. Hans developed the locator map tool for Datawrapper, while Anna’s work is to keep more than 1000 geo files of administrative boundaries up to date that everyone can use to create choropleth and symbol maps. Hans and Anna will demo the tool, show which kind of maps Datawrapper users create and talk a bit about plans for the future.


Marie-Louise Timcke – Maps & R at Funke Interaktiv

Marie-Louise Timcke is a data journalist and heads the interactive team of the Funke Media Group (https://www.morgenpost.de/interaktiv/). Marie will talk about how Funke Interaktiv uses the programming language R to find stories in data, to discuss chart types or choose color schemes, and sometimes even to produce ready to publish visualisations.


As always, if you can help us find speakers, hosts or have a burning desire for a specific topic to be covered please contact us.

Kind regards,
Hacks/Hackers organising team.