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MPI offers digital news gathering seminar

Mid-America Press Institute will once again team up with Google News to offer a digital news gathering seminar May 17 at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.

Mike Reilley, Google News Labs Trainer and MediaShift.org Business Development Director, will lead the seminar on digital newsgathering, mobile reporting and data analysis and visualization. In essence, Reilly will show reporters and editors how to use Google more effectively in their newsrooms.

In the fall, Reilley led MPI seminars on digital reporting at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They were well received and attended.

To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration is $25 for MPI members, $30 for non-members, and includes lunch.

Here’s the program and some hotel/motel information:

8:30 a.m. Registration

9 a.m.  Welcome: 

9:10 a.m. Google Tools:  The Basics

Topics: Google Reverse image lookup and verification tools, Google Scholar for research and sourcing, search tips and more. Length: 50 minutes

10: Break

10:10 a.m. Advanced Google Tools 1: Data Visualization:

Topics: Get an overview of Fusion Tables maps and charts, Google MyMaps, data scraping with Google Sheets and Tabula, Google public data explorer, where to find data and more. Hands-on exercises. Length: 1 hour, 50  minutes (or break for lunch and resume)

Noon:  Lunch

12:40 p.m. Advanced Google Tools II: Telling Stories:

Topics: Learn to apply Google Earth Pro, Google Earth Engine Timelapse, Street View in reporting and digital packages. Hands on exercises and demos.

Length: 45 minutes

1:25 p.m.  Break

1:40 p.m. Mobile Reporting Tools:

Topics: Innovative and easy-to-use storytelling apps (list to be provided to attendees in advance for download). Hands on exercises. Length: 1 hour

2:40 p.m. Takeaways, general Q & A

3 p.m. Adjournment

If participants need to stay over night to attend the seminar, two hotels are two blocks from the State Journal-Register, One Copley Plaza, Ninth Street at Capitol Avenue. It might be best to book a room via a hotel search engine for best rates.

-- President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., 217-544-8800

-- Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530.

MPI also is planning seminars on investigative reporting in June, fake news and news literacy in September and ethics and social justice in October.

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