Fact-checking and Sources Verification workshop 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:

Fact-checking & Source Verification (Part 1)

Friday 11 November, 2022 – 12:00 to 1:30 pm IST (training in English)

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

Fact-checking & Source Verification (Part 2)

Saturday 12 November, 2022 – 12:00 to 1:30 pm IST (training in English)

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.  

Please note that the above sessions will be taught in English. 


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


Event organized in partnership with: 

Youth Ki Awaaz is the voice of the youth. It is where young people write articles, opinions, stories and poems on what matters to them, making their voices count. Stories on YKA positively impact the public narrative, policy, culture and democratic values. It is India’s largest, completely crowdsourced platform with a growing community of over 160K+ writers, encouraging free inquiry and reasoned debate. 

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 g.co/newsinitiative.