Google announces training programme for 8,000 journalists

Google will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages.

Published: 19th June 2018 04:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2018 04:58 PM   |  A+A-

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. (File photo | Reuters)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Technology giant Google today announced the launch of a training programme for journalists, aimed at raising awareness against misinformation and providing new tools to the fourth estate against fake news.

"The Google News Initiative India Training Network will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the next one year," Google said in a statement.

For this, the network will select 200 journalists from cities across India, who will hone their skills in verification and training during five-day boot camps that will be organised for English and six other Indian languages, it added.

This network of certified trainers will then train more journalists and the workshops will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada in cities across India, it added.

"The focus of the training will be fact-checking, online verification and digital hygiene for journalists, using a curriculum built by experts from First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker.

in, and DataLeads," the statement said.

Google News Lab Lead (Asia-Pacific) Irene Jay Liu said supporting trusted, authoritative media sources is a top priority for Google.

"When journalists and communities work together, armed with the online tools to verify information, they can build a bulwark of trusted media to fight the tide of misinformation," Liu added.

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  • K. Jayaraj

    As you said that you are offering such programme mentioned only to to the journalists or related personnel's like teachers who are working in colleges / Universities in the department of Media and journalism and communication related studies. If it is possible to teachers they can able to teach and provide all information to the up coming students and change the society and easily implement the goals of the conference. If it is possible let you send the invitation and venue to the following mail address. Thanking you
    1 year ago reply
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