Bhopal: Google News Initiative has launched a pan-India training series- PollCheck: Covering India’s Election, to support journalists covering upcoming elections in the country. A press note from the Asia-Pacific Google News Lab Lead Irene Jay Liu said, “The Google News Initiative is proud to be supporting journalists in India as they prepare to cover the upcoming elections.”
“ Since 2016, Google has trained more than 13,000 journalists in India, across 200+ newsrooms and in 40 cities.” “Our partners Data Leads and Internews will offer training on online verification and fact-checking and other courses, in 30 cities in 10 languages,” she stated further in her press note.
Training sessions will be held between February 26 and April 6, 2019, across the country for the journalist coming from English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi newsrooms. The Initiative will offer training on online verification and fact-checking, journalist digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualisation for elections.