Google News Initiative has partnered with DataLeads and Internews to host a series of training sessions titled “PollCheck: Covering India’s Election” for Indian journalists and journalism students for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The sessions will be held in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi across 30 cities from 26 February to 6 April 2019. They will cover topics like ‘online verification and fact-checking, journalist digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for elections.’ Google claims to have trained over 13,000 journalists in 40 cities across India since 2016. It launched the Google News Initiative India Training Network in partnership with BoomLive, Internews, and DataLeads last June, aimed at training journalists on fake news detection and fact checking. Google’s trainers are coached by AltNews, Factchecker.in and others. The network plans to train…
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