Digital Tools, Fact-checking and Source Verification workshops for Journalists

AAJA-Asia and the Google News Initiative (GNI) have teamed up to provide free training and outreach to journalists in Asia looking to improve their reporting skills and employ the latest digital tools in their news gathering, fact-checking, reporting and storytelling.

Upcoming events in the Philippines:

Digital Tools for Journalists

Saturday 10 April, 2021 – 10:00 to 11:30 am (Manila Time)

This session 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
  • Google Earth/Maps
  • Data Visualization


Regina Hing was the Head of News for and an anchor at Bloomberg TV Philippines, running a team of more than 2 dozen and overseeing the daily editorial agenda for the network. In the 3 years that the channel was on air, BTVPH successfully overtook its main competitor in business news, in terms of online viewership and engagement. When the channel folded in 2018, she took on freelance hosting and consulting gigs for a little while–including training newsrooms under the Google News Initiative program–and eventually co-founding an electric bike startup that aims to change the way people commute. Before joining Bloomberg TV Philippines, Regina was a Senior Producer/Evening Editor on the Business Desk at Channel NewsAsia in Singapore, helping produce the channel’s coverage of business and financial markets globally. She holds a Masters in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University.

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Fact-checking and source verification

Saturday 17 April, 2021 – 2:00 to 3:30 pm (Manila time)

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


Estrelita C. Valderama is a part-time editor at VERA Files, a non-stock, non-profit independent media organization primarily engaged in investigative journalism and fact-checking. She writes an opinion column for both VERA Files and The Manila Times. She was training coordinator of The Manila Times College for almost eight years until November 30, 2019. She uses her nickname Tita in most of her news bylines. Before joining the Manila Times in January 2012, she was training director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), an independent, nonprofit media agency that specializes in investigative reporting. She was an associate member of the PCIJ executive board, and an alternate board member of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (Seapa).

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About the Google News Initiative: Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The Google News Initiative is our effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. The Google News Lab, an initiative under the GNI, was created to support the distribution and creation of the information that keeps us all informed about what’s happening in our world today – quality journalism. Today’s news organizations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content – and we’re here to provide tools, data, and programs designed to help. For more information, visit