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Google News Initiative launches pan-India training series for scribes covering upcoming polls

It will host training sessions in 30 cities between February 26 and April 6 across the country in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi

Ahead of the Lok Sabha Election 2019, Google News Initiative, in partnership with DataLeads and Internews, has announced the launch of a training series (PollCheck: Covering India’s Election) to support journalists covering India’s election.

Google News Initiative will host training sessions in 30 cities between February 26 and April 6 across the country in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi. 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.

Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific, said, ‚ÄúThe Google News Initiative is proud to be supporting journalists in India as they prepare to cover the upcoming elections. Our partners DataLeads and Internews will offer training on online verification and fact-checking and other courses, in 30 cities in 10 languages. Since 2016, Google has trained more than 13,000 journalists in India, across 200+ newsrooms and in 40 cities.‚ÄĚ

Registration for the programme is now open and it’s free. Working journalists and freelancers can apply and slots will be given on first come, first served basis. The workshop will also be open to journalism students.

Since 2016, Google has trained more than 13,000 journalists in India, across 200+ newsrooms and in 40 cities under the newslab programme. Last year, to support trusted and authoritative journalism, Google had launched the Google News Initiative India Training Network, focused on online verification and fact-checking. In six months, the Network onboarded 241 trainers in seven languages, who have so far trained 5,260 journalists across 40+ cities in India, benefitting 200+ newsrooms and universities.  For 2019, Google plans to train another 10,000 journalists in India under this program.

For more information about Google News Initiative ‚ÄúPollCheck: Covering India‚Äôs Election‚ÄĚ and to register, click on the city below.

Location:

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Agartala, Tripura¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 16¬† |¬† English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ahmedabad, Gujarat¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 9¬† |¬† Gujarati/English (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Aizawl, Mizoram¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 9¬† |¬† English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bengaluru, Karnataka¬† |¬† Fri, Mar 8¬† |¬† English/Kannada (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bhopal , Madhya Pradesh¬† |¬† Sun, Mar 17¬† |¬† Hindi/ English (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bhubaneswar, Orrisa¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 9¬† |¬† Odia/English (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Chandigarh, Punjab/Haryana¬† | ¬†Sat, Mar 9¬† | English¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Chennai, Tamil Nadu¬† |¬† Mon, Mar 11¬† | Tamil/English (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dehradun, Uttarakhand¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 30¬† |¬† English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Delhi NCR, Delhi¬† |¬† Tue, Feb 26¬† | English track + Hindi track¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Gangtok, Sikkim¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 2¬† | English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Guwahati, Assam | Sat, Mar 9¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† | English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Hyderabad, Telangana/Andhra Pradesh¬† |¬† Wed, Mar 13¬† | Telugu/ English (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Imphal, Manipur¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 23¬† | English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Indore, Madhya Pradesh¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 16¬† | English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh¬† |¬† Sat, Apr 6¬† | English¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jaipur, Rajasthan¬† |¬† Fri, Mar 15¬† |¬† Hindi

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir | Sat, Mar 9 | English¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kochi, Kerala¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 2¬† |¬† English/Malayalam (bilingual)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kohima, Nagaland¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 2¬† |¬† English¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kolkata, West Bengal¬† |¬† Wed, Mar 6¬† |¬† English/Bangla (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh¬† |¬† Mon, Mar 4¬† |¬† Hindi

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mumbai, Maharashtra¬† |¬† Fri, Mar 15¬† |¬† English/Marathi (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Panaji, Goa¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 23¬† |¬† English¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Patna, Bihar¬† |¬† Fri, Mar 1¬† |¬† Hindi¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pune, Maharashtra¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 16¬† |¬† English/Marathi (bilingual)

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Raipur, Chhattisgarh¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 16¬† |¬† Hindi¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ranchi, Jharkhand¬† |¬† Tue, Mar 12¬† |¬† Hindi¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Shillong, Meghalaya¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 16¬† |¬† English

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh¬† |¬† Sat, Mar 23¬† |¬† English/Telugu (bilingual)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

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