Geojournalism.org is made for:
Reporters, editors and other professionals involved on the noble mission of producing relevant news for their audiences can use Geojournalism.org to produce multimedia stories or simple maps and data visualization to help creating context for complex environmental issues
Programmers and geeks using a wide variety of languages and tools can drink on the vast knowledge of our contributors. Some of our tutorials explore open source libraries to make maps, infographics or simply deal with large geographical datasets
Graphic designers and experts on data visualizations find in the Geojournalism.org platform a large amount of resources and tips. They can, for example, improve their knowledge on the right options for coloring maps or how to set up simple charts to depict issues such as deforestation and climate change
Labels are useful, sometimes just fancy ways of classifying knowledge. But if we have to define Geojournalism in one sentence, we would say: “It is the practice of telling stories with data generate by the Earth Sciences”
Journalists cannot complain about the lack of data when they have to report about our environment. Scientists have been collecting information about our environment in so many forms, for so many years, that dealing with quantity is more of a problem than suffering from scarcity.
One can find amazing historical series on oceans surface temperature, carbon monoxide concentrations on the atmosphere, the biomass density on a forest or the status of the sea ice coverage of the Arctic, among many other indicators.
Even more interesting is to observe that the scientific institutions and the researchers themselves are the leaders of opening the data for the public.
Much less inspiring, though has been the trend of media outlets of cutting whole news-desks of science and environment. Those who believed that climate change had changed the coverage forever were wrong. The interest of mainstream media on the subject had reached its peak in 2009, during the controversial negotiations at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. See the image