Google announces training network for journalists

Aim to raise awareness and share new tools to fight fake news

New Delhi: The Google News Initiative announces the launch of an extensive training network in India to raise awareness against misinformation and provide new tools to journalists in their fight against fake news.

The Google News Initiative India Training Network will provide training to 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 that will be organised for English and six other Indian languages.

This network of certified trainers will train more journalists at 2-day, 1-day and half-day workshops organised by the Network. Training workshops will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada in cities across India.

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,, andDataLeads.

“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.

If you are a journalist or journalism professor keen to join this fight against misinformation by learning verification skills and techniques from these experts, please apply here. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with limited seats for each language.

There will be three rounds of applications to become a Google-certified trainer:

  • Round 1: Deadline is June 30 for the first English train-the-trainer boot camp, which will be held in Gurugram from July 30-August 3
  • Round 2: Deadline is June 15 for trainers in English, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil
  • Round 3: Deadline is September 15 for trainers in English, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali

If you are a newsroom, press club or journalism college interested in joining this fight against misinformation and hosting one of these trainings for your teams / members / students, please share your interest here.