In Focus | Google News

In Focus | Google News

– Hello, I am Jessica Wolfrom. – And I’m Saniya Rao. – And we’re coming to
you from the LG Studio at Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies. In focus today, Google News training. We’re joined by Benet Wilson a Google News Trainer,
who is taking some time to share highlights from
the Google News Training. Welcome. – Thank you for having me. – Data journalism feels a bit daunting because of all the associated buzz words. We have data scraping, analytics, etc. How can journalists use data
to support their reporting? – This is a really good question. As somebody who started
her career on a typewriter I’ve seen how this has progressed. And I think being a Google Tools Trainer we have tools that anyone can use. I like to call them Data tools for non-data journalist. So, these tools can help
you support your writing. So if you’re doing a story and there is a map component you can use Google Tools
to make maps easily. You don’t need to be a
cartographer to use it. If you want to do charts
and graphs on public data like Census Bureau or
Bureau of Labor Statistics Public Data can help you do that with out being a data journalist. There are so many other tools that can help you tell
these important stories even these days, especially
with the rush of news that’s going on. – I think that’s a very interesting point. Based off the training what do you think are a
few points for reporters to keep in mind while incorporating data into their everyday storytelling? – This is something I say all the time the tools are fantastic, but
you have to have the basics. You have to know the reporting,
the editing, and the writing because you could have
all the tools in the world but if you don’t have those three items you might as well be doing something else. – And what are your favorite tools to use and which can be beneficial
to aspiring journalists? – Ones that I use regularly,
one is Google Scholar. We’re always looking for
sources, especially on deadline. And Google Scholar is a repository
of lawyers and professors who have studied topics ranging from student loan debt to women in politics. So you can find actual, real-life experts. My other favorite tool is Image Search because, I’m sorry, I
don’t want to sound like the old boomer that I am but younger people tend to think because they see something on the Internet that they can use it. And that can get you in a lot of trouble financially and otherwise. And, so, with Google Image Search you can actually take pictures and find out where they came from. And most importantly,
find out if they’re in the public domain and
you can use them legally. – Thank you for joining us today, Benet. It’s been a pleasure talking to you. – [Benet] Thank you. – And thank you to everyone
out their for watching. Stay tuned for more from LG Digital Studio at Georgetown SCS.


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    Some Guy

    The interviewee was the best speaker here.. the news "anchors" need to pace how fast you speak..
    And articulate the words better.

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