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News reporters are always looking for new and exciting ways of telling stories, and maps can be an interesting way to do this by adding more context to a written or video piece.

But do maps work for every story, and if not, when should we use them to give the most benefit to our audiences?

Check out this article from Dan Rosenblum at MediaShift, who explains the importance of asking yourself three questions before you get started. Intrigued?

He also references some great open data portals which can be used to get information before you start creating maps, and gives some examples of where maps have been used to advance stories and highlight issues that you might get inspiration from.

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