The original newsstory form Reuters:
The news story presented a detailed process about Egyptian protest against Hosni Mubarak. Based on the content of this news story, I creat my map via Google Map. As the story mentioned many places in northern part of Africa and Middle East, which Americans are not familiar with. Creating a Google map with places marked can show the places to readers visually and geographically.
To be illustrated, it says “December 17, 2010 – In Tunisia Mohamed Bouazizi sets fire to himself in the central town of Sidi Bouzid in protest at confiscation by police of his vegetable cart. Local people demonstrate in support.”
Readers probably know Tunisia is a country like United States and France. However, many readers may not know where Tunisia is and how far it is from Tunisia to Egypt. Without a map, readers may feel puzzled with the relationship between Tunisia and Egypt. Why the author mentioned Tunisia in an article about Egypt?
With the map, readers can easily figure out that Tunisia is close to Egypt. Both are countries in North Africa. Then they may begin think about these two countries are possible to have relationships not only geographically but politically and culturally as well.
Another example is that the story mentioned “Protesters stream back into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square in the early hours after Mubarak’s announcement.” I marked Cairo on my map and described it as the capital of Egypt. Therefore, readers may deeply understand the significance of protesting in Cairo.
While creating my map, I add some hyperlinks to marked places, such as Tunisia and Egypt. If readers need further information about what happen in these places, they can just click those links on my map.
To summarize, a map can help readers better understanding the news story than before. Furthermore, readers can get extra information visually via the map itself and those hyperlinks on the map.