Google spreadsheets offers a number of advantages for journalists who want to build simple, interactive graphs for their news websites. It's free, its available, and it is extremely simple to use.

The hard part about graphics journalism is finding appropriate data and then putting that data into a proper form so that an audience will understand it. Building the graphic -- especially when you are using the graphics function on Google spreadsheets, is the easy part.

In this video, Jim Stovall, journalism professor at the University of Tennessee, walks you through the very easy steps in constructing a graphic with Google spreadsheets.

This video is produced as part of the Tennessee Journalism Series.

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