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Google Nigeria Adds Value To Journalists

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As part of its media training mandate geared at equipping journalists on viable tools to use in easing their work and effective reportage, Google Nigeria has organized a media workshop tagged ‘Google Data Tools for Media Reporting Workshop’.

The one-day, hands-on certificate Google-led workshop, which held at the Zone Tech Park in Lagos, focused on how to use a range of digital tools to unearth and tell compelling stories.

The workshop covered the use of Search Operators; optimizing the use of Google Images, Drive and Sheet and Fact Checking.

According to Google’s Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone – West Africa, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, digital technology presents an interesting array of options for journalists, which include producing slideshows and videos, joining social networks and blogging, using map mashups and mobile devices. “The list seems endless. But survival requires understanding all these new technologies so journalists and news organizations can make informed decisions about why and how to utilize them,” he concluded.

This program, he noted, is ideal for mass media reporters and editors who are interested in becoming proficient in learning to leverage online/digital tools for better reporting.

Also speaking at the workshop, Nigeria Editor for Africa Check, a partner to Google, David Ajikobi enumerated the dangers of fake news dissemination and proffered ways and tools for identifying fake digital contents. He noted that primarily, fake news prevents people from finding appropriate help where they ought to find it, and further breeds information disharmony, thereby generating myths and prejudices, especially in racial sphere.

He observed that fake news is completely fictional, deliberate and intended to generate profit through clicks on the site.

The workshop is a periodic engagement by Google which updates the media community of new tools that can enhance their profession.

Prior to the workshop, Senior Account Manager at Irvine Partners, Google consultancy partners,  Nosa Iyamu enthused: “I am equally excited. Apart from knowing that Google will be adding value to the media community, I will also be meeting wonderful people.”

Upon completion, participants at the workshop were issued with certificates from the Google Media Academy.

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