Google News Initiative (GNI) University Verification Challenge across Asia

Google News Initiative (GNI) will be hosting free University Verification Workshops from May 24 to June 9, 2021, for students, journalists, and fact-checkers.

Google news initiative (GNI) is a Google program that aims to help journalism to thrive in the digital age by strengthening and elevating quality journalism and empowering news organizations to leverage technology for newsroom innovation.

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The University Verification Workshops will focus on verification principles including the misinformation landscape, geo-location, examining sources, and fact-checking ethics.

GNI is now running free verification workshops in 7 languages (English, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai).

The workshops, targeting university students, journalists, and fact-checkers, are part of the APAC Trusted Media Summit’s ongoing programming.

The six workshops will cover basic verification skills including the misinformation landscape, geo-location, examining sources, and fact-checking ethics.

These workshops will be run jointly with google-partners across Asia, working together hand-in-hand to educate future journalists and fact-checkers on the importance of verifying content before publishing.
Certified GNI trainer and open-source investigation specialist Eoghan Sweeney prepared the workshop materials.

Eoghan Sweeney is a Berlin-based digital media consultant who has helped establish and develop verification and fact-checking operations for media companies including Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

The University Verification Workshops is part of the APAC Trusted Media Summit which is an annual year-long conference that brings together journalists, academics, and NGOs involved in fact-checking and fighting misinformation across the Asia Pacific. Now in its fourth year, the summit is co-hosted by First Draft, the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, and GNI. Various boot camps and workshops will be held throughout the year.

The sessions of the University Verification Workshops will be held on the following dates at 4:00 PM Bangladesh time:
• May 24, 2021: Online info 101:

-The anatomy of false information online, the techniques used to create and spread it, and the motivations of those doing so

• May 26, 2021: Confirm or debunk?:

-Checking for context, corroboration, and visual clues

• May 31, 2021: Digging deep for info:

-Techniques and workflows to search effectively for information while conducting fact checks

• June 2, 2021: Source analysis:

-Examining sources for analysis and investigation, and for obtaining contact details

• June 7, 2021: Where and when:

-Essentials of geo-location through mapping platforms, and determining dates and times through visual clues

• June 9, 2021: Ethics of online investigation:

-Avoiding pitfalls in gathering and using information

Free registration for the workshop will remain open till May 21’ 2021. Interested participants may sign up here.

Workshop Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyecWX2UYmFGi31Umf9x1T7peAGo-WpmIV0H54wDAa5aGzFQ/viewform

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Ashik Ul Haque is a journalist, digital entrepreneur, IT analyst, e-Business strategist, author, and researcher. He pursued a master's degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from the Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh. He is the founder and CEO of VirtuStaffs, a leading IT/ITES service provider. Besides professional attachment, he loves traveling, volunteering, research, and social networking.
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