Monday, October 15, 2007

Penn State newspaper maps crime

The Daily Collegian at Penn State University has started running an interactive map of local police and fire incidents on its Web site.

The clickable map, featured on the newspaper's home page, allows readers to view recent crimes and fire incidents, identified with a red marker; crimes in the past month, marked with a yellow marker; and older incidents, marked in blue.

Click on an incident and you'll get a brief report on the crime.

"Now, not only can you read about where this weekend's vandalism and thefts took place, but you can also see the mapped locations of the incidents," Editor-in-chief Devon Lash wrote in an Oct. 8 blog post introducing the new feature. "Plus, the addition of each day's incidents will document a long-term perspective on crime in State College."

The editor's blog is also a cool feature -- it allows the editor to not only share new developments at the newspaper but to reflect on the news. Lash has used it to interview reporters handling particularly interesting or challenging stories and to reflect on issues on campus or in the journalism world.

Is your student newspaper using mapping on its Web site? Tell us about it by posting a comment here or sending an e-mail to collegenewspaper@gmail.com.

1 comment:

Jeremy Beales said...

Broadside, George Mason University's student paper, has been using maps since the middle of the spring semester. Right now we have a campus crime map up and a comprehensive map of our entire campus, which we did for our new student orientation guide. The campus map has all of the campus buildings tagged with basic information about each one, such as what departments are housed in a building, who lives there, what other programs/offices are housed and little fun facts about each item. Check out our maps at the bottom of our homepage, broadsideonline.com.

Jeremy Beales,

Editor Managing Editor, Broadside