As part of its Student Reporting Mentorship Program, the Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) is organizing a series of two online training workshop specifically designed for students with an interest in journalism in the Asia Pacific region. 

Register below to learn how to detect disinformation, fact-check multimedia content, verify news sources and improve your reporting with the help of freely available online tools. These events are supported by the US Embassy in Singapore.

Digital Tools for Reporting

Saturday 16 March, 2024 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm SGT / HKT

This online session meant for students will present an overview of the latest, free online tools and workflows that journalists can use for finding, visualizing and telling news stories. The workshop will focus on how to search for and monitor news stories trends online and on how to use geo-localization and visualization tools to improve storytelling. It will cover the following tools/topics:

  • Google Drive and tools
  • Advanced Search
  • Google Trends
  • Alerts + Archiving
  • Monitoring the Environment


Dain Oh is an award-winning cybersecurity journalist based in South Korea and the founding editor-in-chief of The Readable. Prior to The Readable, she worked for The Electronic Times, the top IT newspaper in Korea, covering the cybersecurity industry on an in-depth level. She reported numerous exclusive stories, and her work related to the National Intelligence Service led to her being honored with the Journalist of the Year Award in 2021 by the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology in a unanimous decision.


Fact-checking and Sources Verification

Saturday 30 March, 2024 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm SGT / HKT

This session will present a fast-paced overview of the most up-to-date issues and practices in online verification. It will also look at the free Google tools, and the best alternatives, used by fact-checkers worldwide to check stories and debunk hoaxes. It will cover the following topics:

  • Common newsroom mistakes
  • Reverse image/video searches
  • Deepfakes
  • Social media monitoring
  • Sourcing and Attribution


Celine Samson is the head of VERA Files’ Facebook fact check team. She has 4+ years experience on fact checking and reporting on mis- and disinformation, and trains students, teachers, media, lawyers, and CSOs how to do fact checking and online verification. She has previously worked as a freelance interpreter and newsgathering assistant for a Reuters investigative series on the Philippines war on drugs, which won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018.


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