Digital Media stories by KDMC Fellows Filed Under Maps

Fellows in KDMC training programs go on to produce media- and technology-rich stories at their home publications.

INTERACTIVE MAP: The manhunt for Christopher Dorner

Vanessa Franko,, February 2013
A map tracking the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a rogue ex-LAPD officer who is suspected in three slayings. The search for Dorner has spread across Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Scott Hatfield Media

Scott Hatfield, October 2012
Portfolio site created with Wordpress showcasing audio, video, photo stories and interactive maps.

Middle Tennessee political donations by zip code

Duane Gang, The Tennessean, September 2012
To help a colleague visually tell a story about political donations, I created this map using Google Fusion tables. It shows political donations by zip code for nine counties in Middle Tennessee. The map then served as the basis for a print version.

Four Catholic High Schools Saved From Closure

Crystal Cranmore, CBS Philly, April 2012
Four Catholic High Schools that were targeted for closure by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will remain open. A map showcases where all of the schools on the original closure/consolidation list are located.

How good are the cellular data networks in Salt Lake City?

Scott Sherman, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 2012
To measure the 3G and 4G network speeds around Salt Lake County, The Salt Lake Tribune used six phones to test the speeds of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.; Tests were conducted over a two-week period using the application from, which measures the download and upload speeds in kilobits per second. A story summarizing the results and showing a map of tested locations was published in the paper. The full results were published on an interactive map embedded in the story online, as was another variation of the map breaking the results down by each carrier network. Readers were then asked to take their own results and put them in a crowd-sourced map The Tribune put online.

Coachella 2012: Interactive artist map

Vanessa Franko, The Press-Enterprise/iGuide, February 2012
With more than 100 artists performing at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, I used what I learned at the KDMC Digital Storytelling workshop to create a fusion table with information about each artist. Each point on the map is dynamic and gives you another link for video and more on the artist. As the concert draws closer, the individual points will be updated with interviews, videos and more.

New Latino groups sign of growing visibility

David Olson, The Press-Enterprise, February 2012
I used a fusion table to show where councils of the League of United Latin American Citizens are in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California.

Liquor licenses in northwest Indiana.

Marisakwik, The Times of Northwest Indiana, January 2012
This interactive map accompanied a story about how the 2010 census count changed the allocation of liquor licenses in region municipalities. To create the map, I requested a database of liquor licenses from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. I created a new spreadsheet of local liquor licenses in our coverage area, then cleaned the database to ensure names and addresses were accurate. The map was created using a Google Fusion table.

New York & natural gas: Where do drillers want to frack?

Marie Cusick,, January 2012
If New York State allows hydrofracking, where would it happen? With the help of officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we used the agency's online oil and gas database to find out precisely where drilling companies have applied for permits to use the controversial method of extracting natural gas.

Local government workers earning $100,000 plus

Duane Gang, The Press-Enterprise, January 2012
To help out over the New Year's weekend, I did a quick-turn daily on the change in the number of local government workers in our coverage area earning $100,000 or more. The data comes from the California Controller's Office, which began collecting local compensation information in the wake of the 2010 scandal in Bell, Calif. I did a quick Google bar chart to correspond with a similar one in print, as well as a Google map using fusion tables. The map allows readers to click on each city and see the change in the number of employees earning $100,000 or more.

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Ring in 2012 in the I.E.

Vanessa Franko, The Press-Enterprise/iGuide, December 2011
This is an interactive Google map combining all of our entertainment-driven New Year's Eve advance coverage into one place for readers. The different pin markers identify what kind of event it is--movies, performance, party, dining, etc. When you click on an entry, the hyperlinks take the user to the individual stories about the events.

Local fundraising by zip code

Duane Gang, Political Empire blog, The Press-Enterprise, December 2011
After learning Google Fusion Tables at the December 2011 KDMC workshop, I put together this blog posting with two interactive maps. The maps show the fundraising totals by zip code for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors District 1 race. When the next round of data becomes available next month, I'll update the maps.

Interactive map of 200+ Texas post offices being considered for closure

Jennifer Peebles, Texas Watchdog, July 2011
We did a quick GeoCommons map of the 200+ post offices in Texas that the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing.

Corn — a precious commodity on the table, in the tank

Margarita Persico, The Healthy Dish, June 2011
After participating at the KDMC’s fellowship “boot camp” the following week I put into practice and incorporated multimedia techniques I learned: video, map, chart and Storify. I linked the food aspect of this story to the importance of this commodity as a fuel alternative. “Corn is one of the most important commodities in the world. It is in products such as glue, makeup and alternative fuels…”

Residents discuss redistricting issues

Kathleen Haley, The Sacramento Press., June 2011
A group of nearly 40 residents and city staffers held an in-depth discussion on the city’s redistricting process Monday night at the Ethel Hart Senior Center. Residents explored a range of topics, including the role of race in the process.

Create an online redistricting map

Kathleen Haley, The Sacramento Press, June 2011
Sacramento residents can use the city’s online tools to carve up the eight City Council districts and present their redistricting ideas to city leaders.

Locals Work to Stop Child Sex Trafficking Problem

Suzanne Phan, News10- KXTV Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, May 2011
Sacramento has ranked as high as second as a child prostitution hotspot in the U.S. It's up there with cities like Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City and Oakland. The subject of selling sex and children is disturbing to many people, but in the Sacramento region, many community groups have been galvanized to help combat the problem locally and globally. Web Producer Maneeza Iqbal and I created a comprehensive report to highlight the problem, anti-trafficking experts, pending legislation, and resources available. Check out the extended videos clips, maps, and charts.

Faces of Freedom

Bill Ruminski,, April 2011
Photo editor Larry Ruehl read that more than 850 World War II veterans die each day across America, so the SouthtownStar set out to document the area men and women who served in the war while they were still with us. We photographed nearly 200 people, interviewed many of them and collected questionnaires from all of them. We published a special print section on Veterans Day and produced an online presentation that involved audio, video, a slideshow, a searchable database and an online map.

Healthy Hillsborough: How we eat, where we eat it and how it affects our lives

Daniela Velazquez, Tampa Tribune, April 2011
An in-depth look at some of the environmental factors that impact health in Hillsborough County, Florida, such as the number of fast-food restaurants, grocery stores and public parks.

Misuse of Welfare is Minimal, Data Show

Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio News, March 2011
Republican state lawmakers in Minnesota have proposed new restrictions to prevent poor people from spending welfare money on alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. However, available data suggests misuse of welfare money is minimal. Instead, people who receive welfare said the legislation would make it impossible to use the money for basic needs, like paying rent and doing laundry.

American Dream Alive in Maricopa

Michael Rich, InMaricopa, March 2011
A story mapping home based businesses in the city of Maricopa.

Census: Maricopa population tops 43,000

Michael Rich, InMaricopa, March 2011
Story on the newly released census data for the city of Maricopa.

North Jersey black families leaving for lure of new South

Bob Rebach, The Record (Bergen County), February 2011
A story about the dwindling black population in North Jersey. The graphic shows population by town, from 1990, 2000 and 2010 census, and by census tract for 2010, as a percent of the total population.

Federal Money Accounts for a Quarter of Florida's Economy

Kevin Wiatrowski, Tampa Tribune/, November 2010
Examination of 2009 federal spending in Florida and Tampa Bay area shows who's likely to feel the pinch the most when and if newly elected members of Congress keep their pledges to rein in the budget deficit. With interactive map showing per-capita spending by Florida county, Flash-based graphics showing spending over time and breakdown by category, and searchable database of spending at all levels statewide.

Where the lottery takes the biggest bite

Kevin Wiatrowski, TBO Factfinders blog, November 2010
Flash map showing analysis of lottery ticket sales and Bright Futures scholarship awards by ZIP code in Hillsborough County, Fla.

Columbia Stink Map

Betsey Guzior,, October 2010
Crowd sourcing of where people in Columbia, South Carolina smelled something foul on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Reporters tracked down the source of the odor to a farm south of the city, where the owner (a former city councilman) had spread fertilizer.

California's addiction to immigrant labor

Ronald Campbell, The Orange County Register, October 2010
California is addicted to immigrant labor. Over the past four decades, the state has come to depend on immigrant brains and brawn to an extent unmatched by any other state and almost any developed country.

OC Register Immigrant Labor Series

Ronald Campbell, Orange County Register, October 2010
April 2008 fellow Ron Campbell has posted Part 2 of OC Register's series on immigrants and the California economy. This part examines the breakdown of immigration law enforcement. Also see interactive maps (click the 'maps' tab).

Birds shift in annual migration

Kevin Wiatrowski, Tampa Tribune, October 2010
The print story on spring migration had a companion online story that linked readers to a Caspio database where they could input bird sightings around the Tampa Bay area. Sightings were tied to a Google map that plotted sightings by address or intersection. A separate photo gallery let birdwatchers upload photos of birds they had seen during the spring migration.

Cloquet River Water Trail Interactive Map

Gustave Axelson, Minnesota Conservation magazine, September 2010
This Flash interactive map embedded with video clips accompanied a print magazine story about a canoe trip down the Cloquet River.

Jan '09 Alum Produces Multimedia Inauguration Map

Heather Charles, The Indianapolis Star, August 2010
Heather Charles, Knight multimedia workshop alumna and photojournalist for the The Indianapolis Star, shared a map mashup documenting her trip from President Obama's home town to the inauguration in Washington D.C.

Hurricane Shelter Mashup

Scott Anderson, Shreveport Times, August 2010
Fellow Scott Anderson, video and technology editor for The Times in Shreveport, Louisiana shares with us a Google Map he produced offering locations of hurricane shelters to the public and which ones were over-capacity during Hurricane Gustav.

High Schoolers Explore Race In Response to the Obama Presidency

Sarah Hoye, Tampa Tribune, August 2010
Sarah Hoye (Jan 09) followed a diverse group of students from the election to the end of the 2009 school year, and produced a thought provoking multimedia piece regarding race in the age of Obama . Hoye is a multimedia journalist for the Tampa Tribune.

How the West Balanced Its Budgets?

Stephanie Ogburn, High Country News, August 2010
Stephanie Ogburn's (Jan '10) new Flash map illustrates how deep the defecits are in many West Coast states. Fortunately, it's not all bad news, Oregon and Montana are in the black.

Cloquet River Flash Map

Gustave Axelson, Minnesota Conservation Magazine, August 2010
Gustave Axelson (Jan '10) produced a package about his canoe trip on the Cloquet River with an interactive Flash map. Axelson supported colleagues to create a package on trout angling with a video/photo slideshow, and a feature on Eco Yards with a Flash illustration.

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