Google tools training

Skill Development Workshop Google tools training

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Friday, August 30, 2019
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Nebraska Union Auditorium

Program Cost: Free and open to all

About the workshop

The workshop will provide free training to anyone interested in using Google tools to improve their research, news gathering, reporting, storytelling, market analysis and creative projects. This workshop is provided by the Google News Initiative, the Society of Professional Journalists and the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Who should attend?

This workshop is appropriate for all audiences. Google tools can be applied across disciplines and majors. There are no pre-requisites for the workshop.

Pop-up Class

Students enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln interested in attending the Google Tools training, can also enroll in a Pop-up Class, JOMC 391.954 Google Tools & Husker Game Day, to enhance their experience. This one-credit-hour course requires attendence at the Google Tools training on Friday, Aug. 30 and two additional sessions on Saturday, Aug. 31, 8-10 a.m., and Sunday, Sept. 1, 8-11 a.m. For more information, visit

What to expect: 
8 - 9:15 a.m. Introductions, search shortcuts, Google Scholar as a reporting tool, Google Trends, vertification tools
9:25 - 11:15 a.m.

Hands-on data scaping and data viz: 

  • Data scraping with Google Sheets
  • Scraping .PDFs with Tabula
  • Google MyMaps and what makes a good interactive map
  • Google Flourish line chart and horserace chart
  • and other mapping tools
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Break and grab lunch*
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Lunch and Learn: Mobile reporting applications and immersive storytelling. 
1:05 -1:45 p.m.  Cybersecurity basics and protecting your work 
1:50 - 2:45 p.m. Google Earth Pro, Earth Engine, Earth Studio and Google Earth measure tool
2:45 - 3 p.m.  Wrap-up, brainstorm, moving foward
*Lunch is on your own. Vendors available in the Nebraska Union include Starbucks, Imperial Palace, Subway, Valentino's, Chick-fil-A and Steak n Shake. 

What to bring: 

Participants should bring a laptop and mobile device. Please have Google Chrome installed as your browser and establish a Gmail account. Download the following programs: 

For your phone
  • Google Streetview
  • Google Cardboard
  • Google Cardboard Camera
  • Over
  • Ripl
  • Adobe Spark Post
  • Adobe Spark Page
  • Hyperlapse
  • Bubble (iOS only)
  • Fyuse
  • Storyline (iOS only)
  • This (app by TinRocket)
  • Vidometer

Trainer Bio: Mike Reilley

Mike Reilly

Mike, a COJMC alum, is an SPJ digital trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 4,000 journalists and educators in the past 2.5 years. When he’s not on the road doing trainings, he teaches data and multimedia journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is a visiting professor.

A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State University and DePaul University, teaching digital journalism to hundreds of students and professional journalists.

He holds journalism degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (undergrad) and Northwestern University (masters). 

Mike founded and updates the research site The Journalist’s Toolbox ( for SPJ and runs the Chicago data site, The Red Line Project ( 

Twitter: @journtoolbox |

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Registration deadline is August 23, 2019.

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