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Mike Reilley

Senior Lecturer



Mike teaches data journalism, digital storytelling and editing courses at UIC. He is the author of two textbooks, "Data + Journalism" and "The Journalist's Toolbox: A Guide to Digital Reporting and AI". Mike is a digital tools trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 14,000 journalists and educators in the past seven years. He speaks at dozens of conferences, including NICAR, BEA, AEJMC and others.

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. At UIC, Mike teaches data and digital journalism courses in which students produce stories for the award-winning ( website and social channels.

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 and operates the research site  Journalist’s Toolbox AI ( Twitter: @itsmikereilley | @journtoolbox