Newsroom: Mike Reilley shares tips on digital journalism


Mike Reilley is a lecturer in Communication at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he teaches data and digital journalism courses in which students produce stories for the award-winning website and social channels.

He is a digital trainer with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), America’s most broad-based journalism organisation which aims to encourage the free practice of journalism and high standards of ethical behaviour.

Mike has taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 10,000 journalists and educators in the past six years. He is also founder of Penny Press Digital LLC, a digital consulting and training company that works with media outlets such as USA Today.

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 ( in 1997 and continues to update it. Twitter: @journtoolbox