Free Google Tools training offered to students, faculty, staff

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Free Google Tools training offered to students, faculty, staff

Mike Reilley head shot
Mike Reilley

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Mobile Me & You conference are co-hosting a free online Google Tools workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21.

In this hands-on workshop, Mike Reilley, an SPJ Google News Lab trainer and University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumnus, will show participants how to use free Google tools that can help build interactive charts, maps and visualizations. Tools to be covered include Google Flourish, Google Dataset Search, Google Fact Check Explorer, Google Trends,, Google Earth Studio, Earth Engine Timelapse, Public Data Explorer, advanced search, data scraping with Google Sheets and Google Flourish.

Participants are encouraged to set up a free account prior to the session. The presentation will include handouts with exercises, links to tools and additional information.

Reilley has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 9,000 journalists and educators in 40 states in the past six years. He also is co-founder of and trainer in the MediaShift Training Network and the founder of Penny Press Digital, a consulting and training company. He also teaches data and multimedia journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is a full-time faculty member. A former reporter at the Los Angeles Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Reilley served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State University and DePaul University, teaching digital journalism. He holds journalism degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (undergrad) and Northwestern University (masters). Reilley founded and updates the research site The Journalist’s Toolbox for SPJ and runs the Chicago data and urban issues site, The Red Line Project.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, faculty and staff are invited to join the workshop free via Zoom.

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