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 5 June, 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 is currently Head of Business News at Cignal, overseeing coverage of markets and the economy for the local cable channel. She is also one of only 2 accredited Google News Initiative trainers in the Philippines, as well as an at-large board member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Prior to that, Regina served as 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. Before moving back to Manila to help set up Bloomberg, Regina spent ten years in Singapore, her last stint being a Senior Producer on the Business Desk at Channel NewsAsia. She holds a Masters in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University.

Register here for this free, online session

Fact-checking and source verification

Saturday 19 June, 2021 – 10:00 to 11:30 am (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


Paul Sédille is a French journalist based in Hong Kong who has lived in China since 2011 and currently works as a reporter for HK01’s international desk. Paul previously worked as a video journalist, shooting stories from Beijing to Tehran and from Kurdistan to the Karakoram. He is a certified trainer of the AAJA-Asia Training Network.


Register here for this free, online session

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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