Mapping the News

The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times | WIRED.

The Times has the luxury of having both a map department and a graphics department that includes several cartographers. The map department specializes in making reference maps in no time, Wallace says, like when there’s an explosion in Baghdad and the story is going live in 10 minutes. Every once in a while, something happens in a remote part of the world, where even Open Street Map has no data. In those cases, the map department will work from satellite imagery and draw a map from hand, Wallace says. “That’s something they’re very good at, and fast.”

We don’t just teach – geographers have cool jobs, too.

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