Google Earth Workshop – 4/17/2021

This workshop will be a hands-on introduction to Google Earth Engine, a free planetary-scale platform for Earth science data and analysis. Learn how to access and process a multi-petabyte catalog of remotely-sensed imagery (multiple sensors) and other geospatial datasets, including climate data. Applications include the characterization of areas of interest, change detection, mapping trends, and the quantification of differences on the Earth’s surface at regional and global scales.  These tools come in handy for many newsrooms!

Prior to the training: Set up a free account at

When:  Saturday, April 17, 11 am – 1:15 pm (Central Time)

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11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Central: Google Earth Tools: Google Earth Engine Timelapse. Google Earth Pro and Earth Studio. Measure tool in Google Earth. Google Permissions on images.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Central: What’s new with Google tools: Google Fact-Check Explorer, Google Public Data Explorer, for crowd size estimates, Google Trends. If time: Data scraping with Google sheets.





SPJ Media Trainer Mike Reilley

Instructor biography: Mike Reilley
A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike Reilley is a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) digital trainer who has taught this workshop and others to 3,800 journalists and educators in the past three years. Mike served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State, and DePaul, teaching digital journalism. Mike founded The Journalist’s Toolbox ( for SPJ and runs the Chicago data site, The Red Line Project ( Twitter: @journtoolbox