Unlike past conflicts, the world public can follow the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost in real time. Our interactive map gives our readership an up-to-date picture of the situation and helps them classify daily developments.
On the map, we show events, territorial gains and losses, satellite images, videos from social networks, and the position of Russian troops. A team of visual journalists, developers and data journalists updates the map daily, checks events for their veracity and writes summaries. The result is a contemporary document that depicts the course of the war from the time the first soldiers entered the country.
The map is used by several 10’000 NZZ readers ever day, including various large media outlets in the German speaking world, to understand what’s happening in the world. The map also accompanies the NZZ newsrooms liveticker.
In total the map has created several 1000 registration leads to NZZ paid content section.
The original version ist German: https://www.nzz.ch/visuals/ukraine-krieg-karte-zum-aktuellen-frontverlauf-ld.1671603. We machine translate the German content for a growing English readership of the mapped. The English translations are checked by a team of translators.
– Google Spreadsheets
– An array of OSINT research tools
Sources: We obtain our information from our correspondents, agencies, other newspapers and from social networks. We show only those events that our experts have been able to verify and for which several independent sources exist. UAMAP (areas), Henry Schlottman (troop movements), agencies, own research.
Context about the project:
The timeline allows past time periods of the war to be displayed. Short summaries explain what was important at that time. Important events are highlighted with different symbols on the map and can be clicked for more information. It’s a novel way of reporting on the events on the ground – and documenting them for posterity.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
How to work in a team of fact checkers, visual journalists, data journalists and software developers with tight deadlines.