Google’s New Initiative has launched a campaign whereby it aims to train network of journalists across India. The extensive training programme will raise awareness against misinformation and provide new tools to journalists in their fight against fake news.

“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,” said Google.

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GNI Training Program: Dates, Location, and How to apply

The Google News Initiative is estimated to train 8000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the next one year. For this, the Network will select 200 journalists from cities across India, who will hone their skills in verification and training during 5-day train-the-trainer boot camps.

There will be three rounds of applications to become a Google-certified trainer. Here are the dates and locations for the Google training camps:

Language Date Location Application deadline
English July 30 – August 3 Gurugram June 30
Hindi August 20 -24 Gurugram July 15
Kannada August 27 – 31 Bengaluru July 15
Tamil September 17 – 22 Chennai July 15
Telugu November 19 – 22 Hyderabad September 15
Marathi December 3 – 7 Mumbai September 15
Bengali January 15 -19 Kolkata September 15

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Journalists or journalism professors who wish to attend the Google News Initiative programme can do so by applying here. Google said that the applications are considered on a rolling basis, with limited seats for each language.

Newsroom, press club or journalism colleges interested in joining and hosting one of these training programs for teams/ members/ students, can share their interests here.

Commenting on the new initiative, Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific, said:

“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. 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. 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.

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