Digital Tools Workshop for Journalists in South Asia

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.

Digital Tools for Journalists (Part 1)

Tuesday 12 July, 2022 – 17:00 to 18:30 (Dakha Time)

This online 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
  • Monitoring the Environment

Digital Tools for Journalists (Part 2)

Wednesday 13 July, 2022 – 17:00 to 18:30 pm (Dakha Time)

This  second session will be the continuation of the workshop’s part 1. It will be an opportunity to answer questions participants may have about the notions covered in the first session and to introduce new tools and best practices that were not covered previously.  


Soma Basu is a certified media literacy trainer with the FactShala initiative (supported jointly by Internews, Google News Initiative and Dataleads). She is the former India editor of AFP (Agence France Presse) Factcheck. She is also a trainer with the BBC’s Young India media literacy initiative for school students. With FactShala, Soma has conducted over 30 trainings in rural and semi urban areas of India. She has also run media literacy and factchecking courses in major educational institutions in India.

Register here for this free, online session

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