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College of Information and Communications

Digital Tools Training

Thanks to the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), in association with the Google News Initiative, we will be hosting two, free Google News Tool Training sessions during the Colloquium/Symposium. 

Each session is three hours in length — divided into two sections:  Data-driven Storytelling and Building a Better Audience Relationship.

Data-driven Storytelling — 85 minutes
Learn how Google Search can be used to find datasets for better storytelling, how Google Sheets can be used to scrape data from the web, how to make a simple map, and how Public Data Explorer and Tilegrams can be used to do more complex visualizations.  Participants get hands-on with the tools they will want to use and teach.

Break 10 minutes

Building a Better Audience Relationship — 85 minutes
Learn how Google Trends can be used to understand what audiences are interested in and how we can feed into that interest stream. Of course, it's essential that we build trust with our audiences with tools like Reverse Image Search, Google Earth, etc. that can be used to vet information before publication. You'll walk away with verification and fact-checking exercises to use in your classroom or your newsroom.

Up to 50 people can participate in each session. 

The SJMC will provide 25 laptops for those who are traveling without computers.  25 additional seats will be open to others with their own laptops.   

Session 1:   Thursday, March 7 (2:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

Session 2:   Friday, March 8 (8:45 – 11:45 a.m.)


Online registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Register here»

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