INBA Workshop – Google News Lab

INBA Fall Convention attendees enjoyed a full day of workshops at the Town & Country Suites in Quincy on Saturday October 7. The day started with a series of three workshops with Sandra Gonzalez from the Google News Lab and Society of Professional Journalists.

INBA Fall Convention attendees enjoyed a full day of workshops at the Town & Country Suites in Quincy on Saturday October 7.

The day started with a series of three workshops with Sandra Gonzalez from the Google News Lab and Society of Professional Journalists.

Sandra is an award-winning radio and television journalist who has worked in California, Texas, Louisiana and Nevada. She now trains journalists in using digital tools available from Google.

Google My Maps

Chances are you've used Google Maps to get directions to a destination. You can also create your own maps, using the My Maps tool.

One useful function of My Maps is the ability to import addresses from a spreadsheet that can then be plotted on your map.

We were able to delve into some of the finer points during our one-hour workshop, but if you were unable to attend, you can use Google's My Maps tutorial here.

Here's an example of My Maps in action, the INBA Membership map that I shared with you earlier this week.


Google Public Data

There is more data available than ever before. But it's often a challenge to find the data you need, and to present it in a way that your audience can understand it.

Google Public Data compiles publicly available data on subjects from unemployment, to life expectancy, to energy production and beyond.

From there, you can share that data with a graph or chart that can be embedded into your website.

Here is the training program from Google on how to use their Public Data tool.

And an example of a graph is below, unemployment rates from Illinois and surrounding states from 2007-present.

Google Earth Pro

You've probably seen examples of Google Earth satellite photos, or seen photos of buildings with Street View.

Google Earth Pro takes that a step further, and allows you to share a video tour of a particular location with your audience, so they can gain a greater understanding of its context in your story.

This tool requires a software download, but it is free. Unfortunately, I haven't yet been able to download this software to my work computer (requires admin approval), so I don't have an example to share with you in this article.

But, as with all of the other tools mentioned here, you can take a free tutorial for Google Earth Pro here.

We encourage you to share examples of how you use these tools in your newsroom.

INBA Convention attendees listen to Sandra Gonzalez from Google News Lab.

(Lee Millner/INBA)

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

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