Google News Initiative Training
About the Google News Initiative
One of the biggest challenges facing audiences and all news organisations today is distinguishing truth from fabrication. From identifying altered imagery and manipulated video to identifying and stopping the spread of falsehoods, journalists increasingly require digital tools to use in day to day reporting projects and advanced data projects.
With this in mind, the Walkley Foundation has partnered with the Google News Initiative (GNI) to deliver a series of 12 Digital Verification workshops to equip journalists with a toolkit they can use in daily reporting and data visualisation projects. Workshops will run in most state capital cities, delivered by Google Fellow and ABC Journalist Mridula Amin with assistance from the Walkley Foundation’s Kate Burgess.
Workshops will run between May 2022 and April 2023, kicking off in Sydney before moving on to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. Repeat workshops will then be run in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. All workshops are in-person. Online options will be run alongside workshops in the second half of 2022.
Current GNI workshops
The GNI is offering two distinct workshops in 2022 – Digital Verification and Advanced Data Journalism. Both will use the Google suite of data tools and resources crafted with time-pressured journalists in mind.
This workshop will introduce a selection of GNI tools including Reverse Visual Search, Factcheck Explorer, Geolocation, Earth and Street View. Journalists will have the opportunity to download and practice using the tools and discuss ways to integrate them into existing newsroom processes.
Advanced Data Journalism
This follow-on workshop will offer a rigorous overview of using data in visual storytelling. Journalists will learn how to find and scrape datasets from publicly available sources and use visualisation tools such as Flourish and Data GIF maker to make infographics to embed in their reporting projects. Tips and hacks to scrub data using Google Sheets will also be covered.
Upcoming GNI workshops
The first GNI workshop covering Data Verification was held in Sydney on May 17. Google Fellow Mridula Amin hosted a 1.5 hour session to introduce journalists to the basics of Reverse Visual Search, Factcheck Explorer, Geolocation, Earth, and Street View.
The next Data Verification workshop will be held in Melbourne at Dexus Place, 385 Bourke St on Wednesday June 1. Workshops are free but registration is essential. Visit our event listing to register. Future workshops will be held in:
- Melbourne: June 1
- Sydney: July 19
- Canberra: August 2
- Brisbane: August 17
- Adelaide: September 14
Training venues and times will be confirmed closer to the above dates. Sessions in Canberra and Perth, as well as repeat sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be held in September 2022-April 2023. Sign up to our mailing list to receive information on upcoming sessions.
Meet your Google Fellow trainer, Mridula Amin
Supported by Google News Initiative