Head of Partnerships & Training
Google News Lab
Matt Cooke is Head of Partnerships & Training at the Google News Lab – a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.
Matt has been at Google for six years, during this time he’s led four election projects focusing on fact-checking initiatives, data journalism and broadcast partnerships. Matt was the first member of the News Lab outside the U.S, and launched Europe’s first News Lab Fellowship, he was also responsible for partnerships including The Royal Family’s first experiment with interactive livestreams.
Before joining Google, he was a television reporter and producer at BBC News for eight years. Whilst at BBC News, Matt reported on a range of stories including London’s preparations for the Olympics, home affairs and multiple elections. He started his career as a student journalist for The Guardian.
Matt was born in south-west London, studied in the Westcountry and returned to the capital to complete his postgraduate studies in Broadcast Journalism.
GOOGLE: An introduction to advanced search and verification skills using essential tools from Google and beyond. In this session, you’ll see how journalists are using Google Trends to help research and visualise their stories. You’ll also hear about the range of resources available.