I'm pretty good on geography, but when I read about the revolution and/or coup in Kyrgyzstan I had to confess to myself that other than knowing its general location in mid-Asia I couldn't place it on a map. I'm betting I'm not alone in this. Yet few of the news stories came with a map.
Seems like an obvious thing to include. Newspaper editors would include one as a matter of routine, even though it would take away space from the story. Web publishers have no excuse for not including maps, period.
(Map, showing general region, via CIA World Fact Book)