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Mike Reilley

Senior Lecturer



Mike is the author of two books, "Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting" (Routledge, 2022) and "Journalist's Toolbox: A Guide to Digital Reporting and AI" (Routledge, 2024). Entering his eighth year at UIC, Mike teaches data and digital journalism courses in which students produce stories for the award-winning website and social channels.

He is also a digital tools trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 12,500 journalists and educators in the past seven years. He also is the founder of Penny Press Digital LLC, a digital consulting and training company that works with media outlets such as USA Today.

A former reporter and copy editor at the LA Times and a founding editor of, Mike served for 13 years as a full-time faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State University and DePaul University. He holds journalism degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BJ) and Northwestern University (MSJ). Mike founded the research site The Journalist's Toolbox™ AI. Twitter: @journtoolbox | @itsmikereilley