Digital design and production
Skills needed to package, publish and distribute to readers on any device.
Mapping tools that reveal inequalities in our communities
This will use Census data and two new network tools: Diversity Dashboard and Pass the Mic, to see where stories land and how to cultivate follow ups with sources.
How a local sports reporter found her TikTok audience
Sports reporter Nur B. Adam uses TikTok to connect with the student athletes she covers. She’s gotten them to participate in videos, including some where they tap into the latest viral trend on the popular app.
Write better headlines and captions
Learn how the pros at the Design Center zero in on the heart of the story, using just a few words.
News values and judgment
We tackle the fundamentals of what makes a story newsworthy, the essential practices of journalists and the shared values that differentiate journalism from other forms of content and storytelling.
Getting readers to tap your story starts with a headline that makes them a promise.
Using search trends to stay ahead of the curve
Narrow parameters, create comparisons and overlays and discover what local audiences are looking for in real time.
Reporting on the Census
How to be prepared for the huge release of Census data due in mid-August.
Social media production tricks
Learn how to resize images to perfectly fit any format for a social channel using the Sprout Social Landscape image resizer.
Google Colab runs notebooks on a virtual machine that can execute your code, connect to data in the Google cloud, and share with a collaborators.
Google Earth Suite
We explore three free tools that will help you visualize stories in a whole new way.
Investigative/data skills series: Data visualization using Infogram
Data visualization for everyone using InfoGram, an easy but powerful tool available to journalists across Gannett.
Finding rights-free images online
How to use Google Image Search, Creative Commons and Unsplash to find rights-free images online
Basic Databases in Google Flourish and other tools
A few easy tools to help you show your work: Google Flourish, Airtable and Tableizer.
Investigative/data skills series: Data visualization using DataWrapper
In part I of our two-part series, “Data visualization for everyone,” we explore DataWrapper — an easy but powerful tool available to journalists across Gannett.
Google Trends for graphics and SEO
Use this tool to track and visualize search trends on Google.
Mapping 101: Google MyMaps and Carto.com
This tool is great for smaller “day-turn” maps for routine stories such as pothole repairs, vaccination centers, etc.
Google Public Data Explorer
The Google Public Data Explorer is linked to reliable datasets that can help you build charts in minutes.
Google basic search tools
We’ll cover all kinds of search tips and tricks in this video. Make sure you have Google.com open as well as the search operators handout linked off this page.
Data scraping with Google Sheets and Tabula
In this training video and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to scrape data tables out of web pages.
Intro to mapchecking.com
Do you need to estimate a crowd size at a large outdoor event such as a protest, parade, concert or other ticketless event? Then MapChecking.com is the tool for you.