Google Tools training in February!

Time to learnĀ new tools from Google! SPJ is sending us a trainer for an in-depth training session in Google Tools via the Newslab. We’ve had these trainings in the past, but it’s been four years since the last one and things have advanced significantly!

Our SPJ trainer is Mike Reilley, a lecturer at the University of Illinois-Chicago in digital and data journalism as well as founder of the Red Line Project and co-founder of MediaShift Training Network and Penny Press Digital Consulting. Mike will introduce us to some new Google Earth and verification tools with search shortcuts, as well as data scraping tools, visualizations with Google Flourish, Google Dataset Search, Public Data Explorer and new techniques with MyMaps. These tools can help supplement and support your data collection and help you find new ways to draw audience.

SPJ and the Google News Initiative teamed up in 2015 to provide free training to journalists around the U.S. looking to apply these tools in their news gathering, reporting and storytelling. The programs are provided by talented, personable, knowledgeable SPJ members who have been trained by the Google News Initiative. They are journalists, not Google employees.

Funding for this program is provided through the national Society of Professional Journalists and Google News Initiative. Many thanks go to our friends at St. Louis Public Radio for agreeing to host us for this seminar.

This training is FREE to St. Louis journalists, whether or not you are a member of SPJ! (Though we are always glad to help you join; click here for more information or email St. Louis Pro President Elizabeth Donald.)

Please RSVP at EventBrite! Clicking “interested” on the Facebook event does not reserve you a spot.

Hope to see you in February!

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