Story Map JS is one of the tools created by and supported by Knight Labs at Northwestern University, in support of journalism.
The basic features of StoryMap JS are intuitive and easy to use. The quality of your StoryMap depends upon the research you've completed on your topic and the ways in which you've created a compelling story with a strong visual element.
Use Padlet to create an online bulletin board to display information for any topic.
ThingLink is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to upload an image and make it interactive by adding links, video and audio clips, photos, and text. Use this option if you have a historic map that you would like to annotate.
Practice: Explore Tacoma with Social Explorer
Pick one aspect of Tacoma's population that interests you and see if you can find some more information about that subtopic in Social Explorer.
Click the link for ‘Social Explorer’ (above) and sign up for a personal account. Doing so will allow you to save, export and share the maps that you create.
Create a new project and then select maps. Give your project a descriptive name that reflects the data you are mapping.
Enter ‘Tacoma, WA’ into the search box and click on Tacoma, WA under ‘place.’
Then click ‘change data’ in the upper right to explore demographic data about Tacoma.
Intermediate Social Explorer:
You can also use Social Explorer to create more complex maps for visualizing and comparing data. For example, use the button on the bottom right corner of the screen to create a swipe comparison to compare the same variable in different years or a side-by-side comparison to examine different variables in the same year.
Social Explorer offers several different kinds of annotations to enhance your map. These include place markers, hotspots and a variety of drawing tools. To access the annotations menu, click on the bars to the right of the map title, and then select "Annotate Map."
In the library and museum worlds, captions are viewed as interpretive acts. You are not just conveying information; you are attempting to provoke a response in your audience. When you have only a few words in which to do that, every word counts!
Labels should show authority and knowledge, but have a less formal tone than you might use in an academic paper or article. Be sure to keep your audience in mind, and to place your locations in context. For each label, consider what the take-away or message is for the viewer. Use this to frame your writing.
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