Some stories are best told with a map. Data journalists covering changing conditions in a population's demographics, the environment, an international conflict, or telling a simple travel story frequently provide geographic context in their graphics. We’ve designed a template to accelerate building a "scrollytelling" map story (code on github BSD 3-Clause License). This template is for data journalists and digital storytellers of any kind. No coding experience is required.
Last year, over a thousand people published stories using this template. Now, with the release of Mapbox GL JS version 2.0 and 135 million square kilometers of new high-resolution satellite imagery, storytelling with Mapbox is more powerful and beautiful than ever. A single change to the configuration enables 3D terrain, bringing new context to stories about travel, real estate, or the environment.
This release is also backwards compatible, so it’s easy to upgrade an existing story configuration file: drop in the new `index.html` file and the story will still work, then add new configuration options like `enable3dTerrain`.