Helping J-Schools embrace Google tools


Google’s suite has become a stable for many data journalists. From Google Trends, to Google Earth, and a myriad of other data tools in between, its services provide a valuable, and often low cost, means to investigate and tell stories digitally.

To help journalism students develop strong data driven and digital mindsets, Google has just announced the Google News Lab University Network.

Initially comprised of 49 universities, the Network is designed to provide in-person training when possible, and online training materials and support to professors and students on topics ranging from Google tool fundamentals, trust and verification, immersive storytelling, data journalism, advanced search and Google Trends, data visualization, mapping and more.

Participating universities in the United States include The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Poynter, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The Network also encompasses 12 universities in Europe, three in Hong Kong, and three in India.

But this is just the beginning. Google News Lab is inviting other universities across the globe to participate in the Network – free of charge.

Find out more about the Google News Lab University Network here.