Google introduced another centralized tool resource, this one just for reporters and journalists. The new hub is called Google Media Tools. This hub is a resource where reporters can access and learn to use a number of Google services and products, like Google Search, Google+, YouTube, Google Maps, etc. and”learn how to use Google to enhance their reporting on topics ranging from political elections to humanitarian disasters and more.”

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Google says:

“Welcome to Google Media Tools. Consider this your starting point to tap into Google’s suite of digital tools that can enhance newsgathering and exposure across television, radio, print and online.”

This isn’t just a site for Google products though. The various sections will let you learn more about different topics and do some research. You can learn how the Google Transparency Report works or use the Google Maps API to build customized maps and better visualize data.

I was interested in the Politics and Elections section where you can see real-time results from various news outlets “overlaid on Google Maps, a trends dashboard that can track candidate activity online over time, and links to Google News stories on both sides of the aisle. You can also find candidate YouTube channels, Google+ pages and related Google+ Hangouts.”

Other how-to’s:

– Learn how to promote on Google’s platform
– Get included in the Google News aggregator
– Use Google+ Hangouts to engage

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Daniel Sieberg, Head of Media Outreach at Google, said Google Media Tools“showcases the power of the Internet overall in reaching new audiences and giving journalists more ways to make an impact.” Sieberg also said more resources, including case studies, tutorials and expanded content and more languages will continue to roll out.

What does this compete with? Twitter. According to TechCrunch:

Twitter’s materials site for “reporters in newsrooms has how-to guides and best practices and links to Twitter’s various resources for engaging an audience, getting support, understanding Twitter terminology and more.”

Will this be a good resource for reporters and journalists?

See the original blog post on Lauren’s blog here.