Google to provide training to 8,000 Indian journalists on fact-checking

National Technology

New Delhi: Google India on Tuesday said that it will train 8,000 Indian journalists on fact-checking. Google will train the journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the next one year. Google News Initiative India Training Network will select 200 journalists from different parts of India. These journalists will improve their skills during a five-day “train-the-trainer” boot camps organised by Google. These certified trainers will further train more journalists at two-day, one-day and half-day workshops organised by Google. 

The workshops will be conducted in English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada and Hindi. The aim of the training is to enable Indian journalists in fact-checking, verification and maintaining digital hygiene using information built by experts from First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, and DataLeads.

“Supporting trusted, authoritative media sources is a top priority for Google, which is why we are proud to collaborate with Internews, DataLeads and BoomLive to support journalists in their fight against misinformation in India,” said Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific. “Our goal is to train more than 200 trainers, who will then train 8,000 journalists in six languages over the next year, making this Google’s largest training network in the world,” Liu added.

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