Google to hold University Verification Workshops to help fight misinformation

Google News Initiative (GNI) will be hosting free University Verification Workshops from May 24 to June 9, 2021 for students, journalists, and fact-checkers. Interested participants may register via this form.

Google to hold University Verification Workshops to help fight misinformation

GNI is a Google program that aims to help journalism to thrive in the digital age by strengthening and elevating quality journalism. It also aims to empower news organizations to leverage technology for newsroom innovation.

The University Verification Workshops will focus on verification principles including the misinformation landscape, geolocation, examining sources, and fact-checking ethics.

The workshops will be run jointly with partners across Asia featuring certified GNI trainers. Open-source investigation specialist Eoghan Sweeney prepared the materials for the workshop.

Eoghan Sweeney is a Berlin-based digital media consultant who has helped establish and develop verification and fact-checking operations for media companies. These include Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

The University Verification Workshops is part of the APAC Trusted Media Summit which is an annual year-long conference. It brings together journalists, academics, and NGOs involved in fact-checking and fighting misinformation across the Asia Pacific. Now in its fourth year, the summit is co-hosted by First Draft, the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, and GNI. Various boot camps and workshops will be held throughout the year.

University Verification Workshops will be held on the following dates at 6:00 PM Manila time:

  • May 24, 2021: Online info 101. The anatomy of false information online, the techniques used to create and spread it, and the motivations of those doing so
  • May 26, 2021: Confirm or debunk. Checking for context, corroboration, and visual clues

  • May 31, 2021: Digging deep for info. Techniques and workflows to search effectively for information while conducting fact checks

  • June 2, 2021: Source analysis. Examining sources for analysis and investigation, and for obtaining contact details

  • June 7, 2021: Where and when. Essentials of geolocation through mapping platforms, and determining dates and times through visual clues

  • June 9, 2021: Ethics of online investigation. Avoiding pitfalls in gathering and using information


Registration is ongoing until May 21, 2021. Interested participants may sign up here.

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