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Google tools for journalists

by: Amy Gahran |

Google offers many free tools that are useful for journalists and others who create news and information content. Now, these are packaged in one place: Google Media Tools.

This one-stop-shop offers access to information and tutorials about useful Google tools, as well as journalistic context: ideas for using these tools to support journalism, with links to news industry examples. Almost all of these examples are drawn from major daily news outlets around the world, but most of the tools and concepts could also apply to community news, information, and engagement projects.

The site is organizing according to common types of journalistic tasks, such as "gather and organize," "engage," "visualize," "publish" or "develop."

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Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist, editor, trainer, entrepreneur, strategist, and media consultant based in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to writing
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Code/Media 2016 meets in California

February 17, 2016 - February 18, 2016

Code/Media will bring together the most influential minds in media and technology for two days of intimate gatherings and game-changing discussions in Laguna, Niguel, CA. Produced by senior editor Peter Kafka, in conjunction with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, this exclusive conference will get you up close and personal with media heavyweights and the tech innovators who want to get into the ring with them.

IRE Computer Assisted Reporting, March 10-13

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Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Open government is good government.

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ONA-Poynter present Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Mon, May 2, 2016 8:00 am

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