Google Tools for Storytelling: Fundamentals (Private College Media Project)

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
March 02, 2018 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Google Tools for Storytelling: Fundamentals (Private College Media Project)
Originally Broadcast On:
March 02, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

This is a private webinar for Poynter college media project participants. Please check your email for our promo code.

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This one-hour webinar will provide you with an overview of Google's tools for storytelling, and provide resources to deepen your knowledge of how to use Google's tools for news-gathering, research and storytelling. We will touch on common tools that you might already use like Google Search and Maps, providing examples of how other newsrooms have used these tools in innovative ways, and guide you towards other self-paced training options on our site at We will also talk about in-person training opportunities, and ways to connect with the News Lab at conferences and conventions around the country.

This webinar is a part of a series of webinars for Poynter's College Media Project. The others include The Power of Public Records and Digital Survival Skills: Headlines That Sing, SEO That Pings and Basic Analytics.

What Will I Learn:
  • Fundamental Google tools that will save you time and effort in your day such as Search, Maps, Trends, Scholar, Alerts, Translate and more
  • Inspiring examples of newsrooms big and small using Google tools for storytelling
  • Resources to go deeper with your practice through self-paced and guided learning
  • Opportunities to connect with other journalists and Googlers who are exploring these tools for news
Who Should Take this Course:

If you're a storyteller and newsgatherer interested in making the most efficient use of your time while using Google tools, if you are curious about what more can be done with the tools you already know or if you want fresh ways to present information for and connect with your audiences, then this is the webinar for you.

Course Instructor:

Nicholas Whitaker

Nicholas Whitaker builds educational programs for journalists who are interested in Google's tools for storytelling. You can find out more about his current work at

Before joining Google in 2010, Nicholas spent the prior decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media.

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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