Google News Lab To Hold Free Session At Murray State

 

MURRAY, Ky. — On Monday, Nov. 6, Mike Reilley of the Google News Lab will lead a free training session for students, faculty, staff and journalists at Murray State University to enhance participants’ reporting and information-seeking skills.

The session will include training on how to use various free tools offered by Google, including Google Earth, Google Cardboard, data scraping with Google Sheets and Tabula, 360-degree photos, artificial intelligence, mobile reporting techniques and more. Reilley, who will lead the session, has trained reporters nationwide on how to utilize Google’s many resources through a partnership between Google News and the Society for Professional Journalists.

“Our journalism students are fortunate to have this opportunity,” said Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism who arranged for Reilley to visit Murray State. “I was impressed with how Reilley presented these free Google tools during a conference. This training will help position our students to dig deeper for stories.”

This event, sponsored by the department of journalism and mass communications in collaboration with University Libraries, takes place Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, in room 210 of Murray State’s Waterfield Library. It is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the free tools Google offers.

Session times and descriptions include the following:

8 to 9:15 a.m. — This session includes a presentation featuring Google trends, data scraping with Google Sheets and Tabula, Google MyMaps, fusion tables, time-lapse maps and more.

9:30 to 10:20 a.m. — This session features an introduction to what’s new with Google as well as an overview of training resources, artificial intelligence, Google Lens and more.

10:30 to 11:05 a.m. — This session explores how to turn a single phone into a newsroom, highlighting mobile reporting tools, Google Street View and Google Cardboard Camera.

11:10 a.m. to noon — This session provides an overview of new features in Google Earth in addition to demonstrations for Google Earth Pro and Google Earth Timelapse.

For more information about the Google News Lab, please contact Leigh Wright at 270-809-4741 or ewright@murraystate.edu.