Google News Lab Trainer on point at SPJ Region 3 conference in Charleston

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Meet Your Google News Lab trainer, Debora Wenger

As professional freelance journalists, we don’t always have access to the same information, research, images, graphs, or avenues for names, organizations with sources that physical professional newsrooms or publications’ editorial staffs use every day.

This lack of some access could place a freelancer into a situation where they might be limited in obtaining information or sources, therefore, stifling their ability to do their jobs as journalists. And to gain thorough information or background, many journalists are finding it may cost “out of pocket” and already add to amount spent on producing freelance work. So this is where the Google News Lab Tools might come in and help.

If you are familiar with Google News Lab Tools, you probably don’t know what you did without it for so long. Name it, Google can help you find something. From images, research, maps, videos, graphs, trends, hangouts, or just getting a translation from another language, Google Tools are great when seeking just about anything a freelance journalist needs for their work or provide as an asset to their work, like research or graphics.

SPJ Region 3 2018 logoFurthermore, Google News Lab‘s suite of tools is designed to make finding, verifying and visualizing content easier for anyone producing quality content.  At the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference, “Freelance Blitz,” you will be introduced to Debora Wenger, your Google Tools trainer.

In this session, you’ll learn how to use Google Trends to find stories that resonate with audiences, you’ll get tips on using Google Images and Chrome extensions to make your work more accurate and you’ll see how to use Sheets, MyMaps and Fusion Tables to scrape data and create more interactive storytelling.  Participants who have laptops available will find the exercises easier to complete.

Participants bring your laptops!!

About the Google Trainer:  Deb Halpern Wenger, a 17-year broadcast news veteran, is an assistant dean and associate professor who oversees undergraduate studies in journalism at the University of Mississippi.  Prior to her academic appointments, Wenger worked as a reporter, producer and newsroom manager within multiple TV stations, including WFLA (Tampa, FL), WSOC (Charlotte, NC) and WMUR (Manchester, NH).

Wenger book 1Wenger conducts multimedia workshops in newsrooms around the country and is a trainer for SPJ and its Google News Lab program. She is also co-author of two books, Advancing the Story: Journalism in a Digital World and Managing Today’s News Media: Audience First.

Wenger book 2What she’s learning about journalism and new media can be found at  Wenger received her Ph.D. from Kingston University in London and was named as a top journalism educator by NewsPro magazine in 2017.

For more information about the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference, “Freelance Blitz” link HERE. To register for the conference, link AT THIS SITE. Any questions? Contact Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional Director, Conference Coordinator, at

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