Maps with the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography

Maps with the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography

by Mark Monmonier
Maps with the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography

Maps with the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography

by Mark Monmonier


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Maps with the News is a lively assessment of the role of cartography in American journalism. Tracing the use of maps in American news reporting from the eighteenth century to the 1980s, Mark Monmonier explores why and how journalistic maps have achieved such importance.

"A most welcome and thorough investigation of a neglected aspect of both the history of cartography and modern cartographic practice."—Mapline

"A well-written, scholarly treatment of journalistic cartography. . . . It is well researched, thoroughly indexed and referenced . . . amply illustrated."—Judith A. Tyner, Imago Mundi

"There is little doubt that Maps with the News should be part of the training and on the desks of all those concerned with producing maps for mass consumption, and also on the bookshelves of all journalists, graphic artists, historians of cartography, and geographic educators."—W. G. V. Balchin, Geographical Journal

"A definitive work on journalistic cartography."—Virginia Chipperfield, Society of University Cartographers Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226534138
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/04/1999
Edition description: 1
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Roles of the News Map
News Maps As a Cartographic Genre
The Study of News Maps
Organization of the Book
2. Engraving Technology and the Rise of Journalistic Cartography
Printing and the Origin of the News Business
Engraving, Cartoons, and News Illustration
Photographic Engraving
Photocomposition, Offset Lithography, and Color Graphics
Trends in Map Use by Elite Newspapers
Trends in Map Use by Weekly News Magazines
3. Wire Services, News Syndicates, and Graphics Gatekeepers
News Services, Postal Systems, and Telegraph Lines
Stereotyping and Syndicate Art
Photos (and Maps) by Wire
From Copper Wires to Dish Antennas
Twelve Dailies in Central New York: A Case Study
Weather Maps and Electronic Communications
4. Map Use in Print Journalism
Cartographic Art and the Structure of the Newsroom
Cartography and the Newspaper Art Department
Editorial Budgets and Graphics Editors
The Style Guide
External Journalistic Structures Affecting the Newsroom
Computer Graphics and Graphics Networks
The Society of Newspaper Design
News Services and News Magazines
Perceived Role of the Map in News Stories
Attitudes and Values of Artists and Designers
Editors and the Decision to Use a Map
Map Consciousness in Journalism Textbooks
5. Maps in the Electronic Media
Facsimile Newspapers and the Almost-Instant News Map
TV News and Video Graphics
Electronic Weather Graphics for TV News
Videotex and Dynamic News Maps
6. Concluding Remarks
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