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News Maps: Unauthorized Immigrants and Gulf Oil Spill

screenshot of washington post immigration mapTwo prominent uses of maps as visual aids in news stories late this week - first up, the Washington Post's state-by-state map of "unauthorized immigrants as a percentage of state population."  Based on 2008 data, the map also includes a chart showing the estimated increase of this percentage in Arizona over the past 20 years.  

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Mapping where the trailer is going.

NPR uses interactive map to display story

Using a chloropleth outline of drug cartel territory. Simple and effective.

Sources: Congressional Research Service Report, Oct. 2007; Explorando México; NPR

Credits: Alyson Hurt, Lindsay Mangum Powell, Meghan C. Sullivan and Mor Vimmer/NPR