My Maps has proven to be a popular way for news sites to show their viewers where the news is happening as it is happening, since a map can easily be embedded in a website and edited as news develops. Recently, we heard from a producer at CBS in Chicago, who has created a My Map with information to help keep residents informed about the spate of shootings that have taken place in the city recently.

Some other recent news stories with embedded maps that caught my eye include a map about the Pope's visit to New York in Newsday, locations of US food banks for a PBS story on hunger in America, and the carbon footprint of the Olympic torch for a Slate story.