Covering and Protecting Your Elections

Learn about covering and protecting elections with the Society of Professional Journalists and Google News Initiative.


1 p.m. — Introduction, Agenda and Overview

1:20 p.m. — Data Journalism

2:45 p.m. — Safety and Security 

3:30 p.m. — Verification and Fact Checking

4:35 p.m. — Ethics and Elections

5 p.m. — Online Resources and Wrap-Up

Meet the Trainers

Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox) is a visiting professor in data journalism and digital journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago and consults with national media organizations on digital innovation. A former reporter at the Los Angeles Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike has been a faculty member at Northwestern University, Arizona State University and DePaul University, training thousands of young journalists on web development.

Dan Petty (@danielpetty) is director of audience development for Digital First Media, the corporate parent of newspapers including The Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News and Orange County Register. He develops and implements strategies to help grow the company's digital audience across web, mobile, social and other third-party platforms. He previously worked for The Denver Post as a senior editor, digital director of sports and social media editor and has an extensive background in multimedia journalism.

Robert Leger was president of Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Foundation from 2012 to 2018 and a member of the board since 2000. He was president of SPJ in 2002-03 and received the Wells Memorial Key, the Society's highest honor, in 2012.

He was a newspaper guy for 37 years, writing and editing for the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic and Springfield News-Leader in Missouri in the final 22 years. He now writes, edits and provides messaging advice through Leger Strategies, LLC.

Among his other journalism-related activities, he is a former president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and was a founding member of's steering committee. He pioneered an exchange relationship between Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalists Association of Korea.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:00am to 10:00am
Downtown Phoenix campus
Beus Center for Law and Society 544
Monica Williams