Introduction

Welcome to Mike Reilley’s portfolio. Mike is the business director with MediaShift.org and a Google News Lab trainer.

Previously, Mike is director of digital production and professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He was previously a faculty member at DePaul University’s College of Communication in the journalism program.

A former reporter and copy editor at the LA Times, Mike also was one of the founding members of ChicagoTribune.com and taught journalism for four years at Northwestern University.

Mike is the founder of the journalism resource site, The Journalist’s Toolbox, which he updates for the Society of Professional Journalists. He developed the site while teaching Newswriting courses at Northwestern in the late 1990s.

Mike also helped redesign the website for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. He and his students updated the site year-round and build data visualizations and other multimedia for the site.

At DePaul, he taught Online Journalism I and II, Mobile Journalism, News Editing, Multiplatform News Editing, Reporting for Converged Newsrooms, News Now, Online Sports Journalism and Intro to Journalism courses. [Mike’s teaching philosophy | Interview with Harvard’s Shorenstein Center]

In 2011, he and 18 students launched the local news site The Red Line Project. The site has won more than 40 national, regional and local awards in its four years.

He founded and was faculty adviser to SPJ/ONA DePaul, DePaul’s Society of Professional Journalists and Online News Association group. SPJ DePaul was named National and Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year in 2013 and 2011, and was also DePaul’s “Most Outstanding Student Organization” in 2012. He won the David Eshelman Award as the top SPJ adviser in the nation, and was named DePaul’s outstanding campus organization adviser in 2012.

Mike speaks and teaches at national, regional and local journalism conferences, writes for MediaShift’s Education Shift blog and trains journalists on social media and other multimedia storytelling tools.


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