Blic, one of the highest circulation daily newspapers in Serbia, had come up with a great journalistic idea: an eight-day series of articles (small encyclopaedia) under the theme, “All about Serbia.” The articles would feature thought-provoking, eye-opening information on Serbia from various angles: population, economy, health, crime, etc.
But where would Blic get the data – and the maps – needed for such an ambitious project?
Blic Deputy Editor Milorad Ivanovic visited the Public Relations Unit of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, requesting assistance with the large volume of detailed information he needed for this project. The Statistical Office willingly complied, sharing many relevant publications and useful links with him.
To date, Blic did not have any in-house map generating capability; it relied completely on externally prepared maps. As a result, the prospect of developing low-tech, in-house map production skills excited Mr. Ivanovic greatly. The Blic journalists quickly learned the DevInfo Serbia software, and immediately they began using it to search for data and generate the needed maps for the feature articles.
Mr. Ivanovic and the rest of the Blic management were tremendously satisfied with the new in-house research and mapping capabilities afforded them by this new software. As an outcome of this project, discussions are under way between Blic and the Statistical Office to find new ways to integrate DevInfo with future journalistic needs.