ArcGIS StoryMaps

How to Use Maps in Story Maps

Maps are a critical component of a good story map, but there’s more to it than just dropping in a web map at the right point in your story. Using maps effectively requires effort on the part of the author to ensure the maps look great, support the story, and are explained sufficiently within the story narrative.

Below are two story maps that help you understand the role of maps in a story map, the mechanics of adding and configuring maps, and how to use the features of Esri’s Story Map Builders to create effective reading experiences (using maps, of course) for your audience.

Part 1 covers the basics and Part 2 offers some more advanced tips to help you take your story — and maps — to new heights.

Story + Maps: Part 1
Story + Maps: Part 1
Story + Maps: Part 2
Story + Maps: Part 2

Banner photo by Francesca Tirico on Unsplash

About the author

Owen is the Lead Product Engineer on the StoryMaps team and works out of the Esri R&D Center in Washington, DC. He has been with Esri since 2004, and before joining the StoryMaps team spent 11 years as a solution engineer on Esri's National Government team.


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