About the Authors

Mike Reilley

Mike Reilley

Mike teaches data and digital journalism at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former reporter at the LA Times and web producer at the Chicago Tribune and WashingtonPost.com, MIke is an early adopter of web and data storytelling and has been teaching digital journalism since the mid 1990s. He’s taught full-time or 18 years at Northwestern, Arizona State, DePaul and the last six at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded the digital resources site JournalistsToolbox.org in 1996 and continues to update it today for the Society of Professional Journalists. He also consults with newsrooms on digital tools and has trained thousands of journalists on Google News Initiative tools. He and his UIC students cover Chicago urban issues through data reporting on RedLineProject.news

More about Mike: Bio | LinkedIn | @journtoolbox


Samantha Sunne

Samantha is a freelance investigative journalist who specializes in training fellow professionals on data and digital techniques. She publishes the Tools for Reporters newsletter and has written for the Washington Post, NPR and other national and local outlets. In addition to her award-winning work as a reporter, she designs training sessions for journalism organizations around the world, including the Associated Press, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Credibility Coalition and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

More about Samantha: @samanthasunne