Google accords $1 million to promote news literacy in India


NP1550 29/01/2020 14:38:52
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New Delhi. Technology giant "Google" has brough forth a major positive news to promote literacy in India. On Wednesday, Google declared a grant of $1 million for global the non-proft organization- "Internews" that will launch a new initiative to promote news literacy among the Indian public. The funding is part of Google.org's broader, $10 million commitment to media literacy, in collaboration with the Google News Initiative (GNI), the company revealed in a statement. 

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A team of 250 journalists, fact checkers, academics and NGO workers will be selected by the Internews. Those selected will then be trained on a curriculum developed by global and Indian experts, adapted to local needs and available in seven Indian languages. The local leaders will then roll out the training to new internet users in non-metro cities in India, enabling them to better navigate the internet and assess the information they find. In partnership with third-party organisaqtions like Data Leads and Internews, the GNI has so far provided in-depth verification training for more than 15000 journalists and students from more than 875 news organizations, in 10 Indian languages. In 2019, Google trained journalists in online verification and fact-checking, digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for the general elections. 

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Internews Network now Internews, is an international non-profit organization, formed in 1982 in California. It has worked in more than 70 countries and trained more than 80,000 people in media skills. It is a founding member of Internews International, an umbrella organization, based in Paris, of 30 associated non-governmental media organizations. Internews was founded by David M. Hoffman, Kim Spencer, and Evelyn Messinger. The president and CEO is Jeanne Bourgault. Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account. Its vision is to unleash human potential everywhere by turning on the bright light of information. 

 

 

 

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