Newsroom Hacks That Don’t Require Coding

Join SPJ Region 3 and SPJ Georgia at MediAtlanta on Oct. 29, and and learn tools to help you become a more efficient journalists with speaker Maggie Lee.

Maggie Lee

Meet some tools that can help you bypass roadblocks and time-sucks on your beat. You’ll go back to your newsroom with some ideas about how to track websites, gather data like tweets and Facebook posts, search Google better, sum and subtotal data with Excel and unlock PDFs.

We’ll also look at some ways to get interactive graphics in your online stories, like Google maps, timelines and graphs — all without coding.

That’ll be followed by group discussion/Q&A. This is geared toward IT beginners who want an intro to data-gathering and presentation tools.

It will be helpful to have: Excel and a Google account (you can make a dummy account if you don’t want to link outside services to your own Gmail.) I’ll also demo some free sites that will require a signup if you want to use them, including:

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who covers state and metro government and politics in Atlanta. Her bylines appear in the Macon Telegraph, Creative Loafing and other publications. Other professional interests include data visualizations and mapping for journalism.

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