Find Stories in Data Faster and Collaborate Better with A Digital Tools Tutorial

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Course Overview

Find Stories in Data Faster and Collaborate Better with A Digital Tools Tutorial
This $29.95 webinar is free thanks to the generous support of the Google News Lab, American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
August 31, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Data journalism used to be a niche reporting skill, but the barriers are crumbling quickly.

Thanks to tools like, journalists of any expertise and career level can quickly find stories in data; collaborate on data projects with colleagues and with other newsrooms; add depth, relevance and vital context to their reporting; build trust with readers; and extend the life of their stories.

In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use to discover data relevant to your beat and community with structured search, tags and alerts. We'll share how to quickly slice national datasets by location, date, etc., then export and share subsets with your team. You'll learn to keep context within reach for you and your collaborators with annotated data dictionaries, easy documentation and activity feeds. And we'll also show how makes it easy to share ideas, powerful queries and exploratory visualizations with anyone — you control who sees what, and what collaborators can do.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools, supported by Google News Lab and in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Learn more about journalism tools with Try This! — Tools for Journalism on

What Will I Learn:
  • How to find the right data
  • How to slice data by copying and tweaking common SQL queries
  • Tips for uploading and documenting data you bring into the platform
  • Data collaboration basics
  • How to publish data and analysis for maximum impact
Who Should Take this Course:

This webinar will help journalists at any point along the data literacy journey use data more effectively — individually and collaboratively.

Course Instructor:

Ian Greenleigh

Ian Greenleigh is Director of Marketing at, and the author of The Social Media Side Door. Prior to, Ian worked as Digital Strategist at The Economist, Director of Marketing at Olapic, and Senior Manager of Content and Social Strategy at Bazaarvoice. He is passionate about investigative and data-driven journalism, data literacy, and the power of networks. Ian lives in Austin, Texas.


Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it useful and accessible to everyone. Quality journalism is critical to that mission, providing accurate information to people on important issues when it matters the most.

Over the past decade, technological changes — and the shift to digital — have presented significant challenges to the underlying models that allow news organizations to produce quality journalism.

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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