Elections are a crucial time for journalists as well as newsrooms as authoritative and timely election coverage plays a key role in empowering citizens to participate in the democratic process in an informed manner. Misinformation runs counter to this mission, just like it runs counter to Google’s mission to surface high quality and trustworthy information for our users. This is why, last month, the Google News Initiative, in collaboration with In Old News and DataLEADS, launched PollCheck Election Academy 2023 - a training series to support journalists and newsrooms covering the upcoming elections in India with the tools and skills they need to gather, verify and tell authoritative and engaging stories. (Read google blog here.)
Video and media literacy accelerator (October 18-19):
Video and media literacy accelerator is part of PollCheck Election Academy 2023 and is aimed to help participants learn how they can experiment with innovative video formats to help their audiences counter online misinformation and think creatively about presenting accurate information in engaging ways.
This is an interactive 2-day workshop where participants will learn about all the tools and know-how to be able to create video content about fact-checking and media literacy. The aim of this program will be to foster video innovation in the media literacy community.
Who is this program by? Google News Initiative, In Old News and DataLEADS are coming together to offer this program.
- Hands-on training in recording, editing and publishing videos.
- Speaker sessions from industry experts on how to harness the power of video.
- Flash talks and panel discussions for deeper understanding in video storytelling
Who is this for? We are looking for applications from people who are working in the fact-checking and media literacy space. Applicants who are passionate about finding new ways to communicate with the public and are keen to learn how video can be used to support fact-checking and media literacy will be given preference. Applicants can include:
- Journalists working or keen to work on de-bunking and pre-bunking
- Professional fact-checkers
- Media literacy practitioners
What will they get out of this? Attendees will learn how to make 2 distinct styles of vertical video that can help their work reach larger audiences. They will receive brainstorming and mentorship support. During the accelerator, participants will make short media literacy videos, and conceptualise projects.