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Google to Train 8,000 Journalists to Eradicate Fake News

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Fake news is  associated with yellow journalism which is an american term that present no legit news instead deliberately present hoax news and misinformation through mainstream communication basically social media using unscrupulous and sensationalized headlines to the people.

The Google News Initiative launched a network which will train 8000 journalists in the next one year and this Network will further train more journalist on a 2-day, 1-day, half- day  workshops organised by the networks. Under this initiative 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 which will be organised for English and six other Indian languages. The workshop will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada.

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The training has been convergent upon the fact-checking, online verification and digital hygiene for journalists and will be trained in person by global verification experts and a curriculum build by experts from First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker.in, 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. 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,” said Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific.

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The journalists or journalism professors who are willing to join the camp to eradicate any kind of fallacy of information by learning certain verification techniques and skills can apply till July,5. There will be three rounds for applicants to become a Google-certified trainer

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