Cartography vs. journalism There is an important distinction to be made between pure cartography – the science and practice of making maps that model
reality – and journalistic map-making. Of course, accuracy is of the highest concern for both types. However, cartographers are generally concerned with modeling reality as closely and with as much detail as possible. Whereas journalists often highlight only the parts of a map that help tell a specific story, downplaying or even omitting elements that could cause confusion or clutter.