As part of Google News Initiative, a workshop on ‘Google Fact Checking and Online Verification’ was organised in the Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir (CUK), on Wednesday at Nowgam Campus here. The workshop was conducted by journalist and Google Certified trainer. Faisul Yaseen. He talked about various aspects of online verification of information and checking of facts in addition to news content, photographs and videos. “In order to know whether the news is fake or not, one must employ the technique of source checking,” he said apprising students about various techniques to debunk fake information, pictures and videos using diverse sources.
Highlighting the importance of verifying the online information Faisul said, “False information creates stereotypes and polarization in society.”
Welcoming the expert, Dr. Asif Khan, DCJ coordinator, hailed the initiative and expressed gratitude to him for conducting the workshop. Dr Khan further added that the topic is relevant and important in contemporary times when journalists and students mostly rely on Google for any sort of information gathering.
Assistant Prof, Dr. John Babu Koyye, Dr Nooka Raju Bendukurthi, Rashid Maqbool, scholars and students also attended the workshop. This training network as per the Google aims to train the journalists and journalism students through training, workshops and pass on the skills to 8000 journalists and students by the end of next year.