Details

  • Columbia University | Journalism School | Fall 2018

  • Thursdays 6pm - 9pm | Brown Institute for Media Studies

  • Professors: Juan Francisco Saldarriaga (jfs2118) & Michael Krisch (mkrisch)

  • Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11am-1pm

General Topics

  • Basic mapping concepts and techniques

  • Data types

  • Census data

  • Metadata

  • Data creation

  • Geocoding

  • Georeferencing

  • Vector and raster data

Resources and Materials

Course files, tutorials and presentations will be located on this website.

The optional readings for the class will be available via journalistic organizations, Columbia Libraries, and other content providers. Links will be hosted on this site.

Schedule

Week 1: Mapping in Journalism

October 19, 2017

  • Module administration and syllabus

  • Maps in Journalism

    • Large Scale Maps

    • Maps as Stories

    • When to use a Map

    • Network Mapping

    • Sketching

  • Working with Spatial Data

    • The Data

    • Tools and Software

    • Styling

    • Projections

Week 2: GIS and Shape Files

October 26, 2017

  • GIS in Journalism

  • GIS + Shape

  • Intro to Census Data

  • TIGER

  • Joining Data

  • Intro to Public Data

  • QGIS: Exporting and Styling

Week 3: Raster Data

November 2, 2017

  • Raster Data in Journalism

  • DEM

  • LANDSAT

  • Raster Export & Annotation

  • iOS/Anroid Tracking (for Week 4)

Week 4: Finding, Creating, Editing and Styling Spatial Data

November 9, 2017

  • Novel Applications of Spatial Data in Journalism

  • Geocoding

  • Apps for Creating/Recording Data

  • Editing Spatial Data

  • Producing Spatial Data

  • Map Design

Week 5: Making a Map

November 16, 2017