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. In 2019-2020, the AAJA-Asia Training Network, powered by GNI, trained over 600 people in 5 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, and Bangkok.

AAJA-Asia is now looking to add new trainers to its network. Here’s an opportunity for you to become a certified digital tools trainer and help elevate the skills of journalists across the region. Interested AAJA-Asia members can apply here to join the program.

Upcoming sessions for those looking to become a trainer and join the AAJA-Asia Training Network

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive series of train-the-trainers sessions that will certify them to lead workshops on using Google tools for reporting: Digital Tools and Fact-Checking & Source Verification.

This is the schedule for the next certifying sessions:

  • Digital Tools (part 1): Saturday 5 December, 2:00 to 3:30 pm HKT
  • Digital Tools (part 2): Saturday 12 December, 2:00 to 3:30 pm HKT
  • Fact-checking & Source Verification (part 1): Monday 14 December, 9:00 to 10:30 pm HKT
  • Fact-checking & Source Verification (part 2): Wednesday 16 December, 9:00 to 10:30 pm HKT
  • Digital Tools (part 1) REPEAT SESSION: Saturday 19 December, 2:00 to 3:30 pm HKT

Attendance to both parts (1 & 2) of a topic is compulsory to get certification. 

Once certified, the trainers will be able to deliver training workshops across Asia, not only on the Google curriculum but also on their own fields of expertise (data journalism, reporting skills, photojournalism…). Trainers will be compensated for their work thanks to a GNI grant, while the AAJA-Asia Training sessions are provided for free. 

Please apply here to join the program or reach out to aajaasia@gmail.com for further information.

You qualify to join the program if…

  • You are an existing AAJA member (see how to join here)
  • You are a journalist, editor or active freelancer currently working in Asia
  • You are able to attend in full the 2 online sessions (part 1 and part 2) of at least one of the offered topics
  • You commit to deliver a minimum of two training workshops to the Network’s audience in the 12 months following your certification.

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.