We experimented with data visualization tools in class today, but we left out a major piece: maps!

Maps are a great way to visualize a collection of locations, and you can make them pretty easily using Google Fusion Tables.

Extra credit details

Create a map using Google Fusion Tables that has at least 10 map points. The map should convey something related to your beat. Create a new post on our website that has a headline and a short description of what the map shows. Include a link to your map. You should include attribution of your data source. This could vary. If you are simply selecting locations of public parks, this is considered common public knowledge and does not require attribution. If you are using a data set or an organization’s website to help you locate your map points, you need to tell readers where that information comes from. The Fusion Tables guide in the Data Journalism Handbook will come in handy.

  • 3 points off for every missing location (you need at least 10)
  • 2 points off for vague descriptions (readers should be able to easily understand the purpose of the map and the reason each location is included)
  • 5 points off for not writing a description of the map in WordPress with your link
  • 2 points off for a bad headline
  • 1 point off each for missing tags and categories

Any earned extra credit points (up to 10) will be added to your lowest assignment grade this semester.


This post should be published by 5p.m., Monday Sept 26. All assignment elements must be completed by deadline in order for this assignment to be considered for grading. Posts submitted after 3pm will not be considered for extra credit.