Mike is an SPJ digital trainer who has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 10,000 journalists and educators in the past six years. He also is 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 RedLineProject.org website and social channels.
A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, 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 (http://journaliststoolbox.org) in 1997 and continues to update it. Twitter: @journtoolbox