Newsmakers on the map is a design for a widget or html module that tracks the hot topics in news based on geographic locations. You mouse over or click on a particular region on the map to see the people that are getting the most coverage by the press in that region. You can then select one of those topics below the map and see the top 4 headlines from the sources in that region writing about that person.
Here is a design for a smaller version that can be developed as a grabbable widget.
Read more below to see what methodologies and API calls you will need to implement this design.
This is still an idea, but if you would like to give it a life - let us know.