Details

  • Columbia University | Journalism School | Spring 2019

  • Dates To Be Announced | Brown Institute for Media Innovation

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

  • Office Hours: TBD

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

  • 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

    • Raster

    • Tools and Software

    • Styling

    • Projections

Week 2: GIS and Shape Files

  • GIS in Journalism

  • GIS + Shape

  • Intro to Census Data

  • TIGER

  • Joining Data

  • Intro to Public Data

  • QGIS: Exporting and Styling

Week 3: Point Data, Geocoding & Spatial Statistics

  • Novel Applications of Spatial Data in Journalism

  • Geocoding

  • Apps for Creating/Recording Data

  • Editing Spatial Data

  • Spatial Statistics

  • Map Design

Week 4: Annotated Maps

  • Downloading 3D Images

  • Adding Annotation Layers

  • Illustrator to HTML

  • Week 5: Making a Map