Google Tools and More for your Newsroom

Google is not just a search engine. In fact, there is a multitude of free Google Tools that you and your newsrooms can use to help tell the most effective multimedia stories.

NATAS and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) are joining forces for a comprehensive workshop devoted to these tools. This workshop will be beneficial to producers and reporters (especially those working with data), directors and graphics specialists.

Digital trainer Mike Reilley will update you on free Google tools that can help you build interactive charts, maps, visualizations and more. Tools we’ll cover: Google Trends, MyMaps, Earth Pro, Earth Studio, Earth Engine Timelapse, Google Scholar, Google Dataset Search and Flourish, data scraping with Google Sheets and Tabula.


All participants should bring a laptop and smartphone to this workshop!

When:  Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:  Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Room 310

Free for NATAS members, SPJ members and students with IDs.
$5 for non-members


SPJ Media Trainer Mike Reilley

Instructor biography: Mike Reilley

Mike is an SPJ digital trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 3,800 journalists and educators in the past two-plus 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 | Email: