Newspaper is one of modern mass media, that has undergone a long period of development, and acted as an information communication role in human history. News information is an indispensible part in daily life of any person, and always as a tool of personal decision-making support. The development of newspaper in the process of communication, the effectiveness and influence among the information transfer is of the most concerned. There are different theories and models have been established to facilitate mass communication process. For the needs to enhance information transferring effect and audience attraction, newspaper editors always using pictures, maps, diagrams and manuscripts to implement news information. Maps can present location information to the reader and help to understand spatial relationship about the news event in newspaper medium, therefore maps possess the major function of public geographic education. Maps have similar process of cartographic communication with mass media, and the transmitting effect of news information can be promoted by well-designed map. This paper has studying the essence and functions of newspaper, and its relationship to journalistic maps, so as to facilitate knowing the responsibility and usages that map will stand. Besides, the map content and designing principles are also discussed to meet the needs of journalists and editors. In recent years, traditional paper news has faced serious challenge by electronic news and web-news, the journalism now seeks solutions for this situation. Journalistic maps can be progressed based on the property and functions of web-based and multi-media map, so as to reach the prosperous realm in Internet age.