AAJA-Asia Training Network

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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.

Since, the AAJA-Asia Training Network has trained over 1,000 people in-person – in 5 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Philippines and Thailand – and online all over Asia . The Network currently comprises 25 certified trainers who can train in English and 12 Asian languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai. 


For everyone: 

For our partners:

  • 12 February 2022: Digital Tools for Journalists, at the Future of Journalism workshop, held by Malaysia’s Center for Governance and Political Studies
  • 09-10 March 2022: Digital Tools for Journalists at Swami Vivekananda University (India)
  • 11-12 March 2022: Fact-checking & Source Verification at Swami Vivekananda University (India)
  • 11 March 2022: Alat Digital  (Digital Tools for Journalists in Bahasa Bahasa Indonesia), in partnership with Forwat 
  • 12-13 March 2022: Alat Digital  (Digital Tools for Journalists in Bahasa Indonesia) at University of Bengkulu, in partnership with AJI and Pertanian TV (Indonesia)
  • 25-26 March, 2022: Digital Tools for Journalists at Brainware University (India)
  • 30 March, 2022, Digital Tools for Journalists, in partnerships with Nepal Live (Nepal)
  • 22 April, Digital Tools and Fact-checking, in partnership with Nhân Dân (Vietnam)
  • 28-29 May 2002 (tbc): Alat Digital (Digital tools for Journalist in Bahasa Indonesia) in partnership with Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Bengkulu (indonesia)
  • 20 May, Digital Tools and Fact-checking, in partnership with the Vietnam Journalists Association (Vietnam)

Should you wish to request a free training for your newsroom or your organization, please contact asia@aaja.org 



Digital Tools for Journalists

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:

  • Search and Monitoring: Advanced Search on search engines, Transcription, Pinpoint, Trends, Alerts, Archiving, Environmental Journalism tools
  • Maps and Visualization: Google Sheets, Google Maps, MyMaps, Street View, Wikimapia, Mapillary, Earth Studio, Earth Timelapse, Flourish, Tabula, OpenRefine

Fact-checking and source verification

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




About the Asian American Journalists Association: The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. For more information on the national chapter, visit https://www.aaja.org/  For more on the AAJA-Asia chapter, visit https://aaja-asia.org/


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.