Google has partnered with the Australian Associated Press (AAP) on a series of free sessions delivered to newsrooms around Australia.
This new partnership marks an expansion of a Digital Skills Training partnership launched last year. The 2022 syllabus consisted of 50 free sessions delivered to newsrooms across Australia in 2022/23. It also continues the work previously conducted by Google’s Teaching Fellows.
With a focus on journalists working outside major metropolitan newsrooms, the training aims to build on baseline digital skills while encouraging engaging fact-based journalism.
The year-long initiative will include free online and in-person sessions delivered by AAP’s experienced newsroom innovation trainer and former Google Fellow, Neil Varcoe. He draws on 20 years of pioneering work at the intersection of tech and news media, and expertise training journalists in newsrooms and universities around Australia.
AAP Digital Skills Training, in Partnership with GNI, is the latest in a series of projects combining AAP’s almost 90 years of news media nous with Google innovation and expertise. Previous collaborations have supported under-served audiences, diverse media and democratic processes.
AAP CEO Lisa Davies said the joint training initiative represents a significant investment in the promotion of factual, innovative news reporting in Australia. “AAP has a long history of supporting the Australian media landscape, and together with Google, we’re thrilled to offer a revamped training curriculum that is incredibly practical and relevant”.
“Small or under-resourced newsrooms may find it challenging to routinely provide professional development, so these sessions remove some of the barriers to ensuring their journalists are across the tools and technologies to take their reporting to the next level”.
“The GNI has trained almost 10,000 journalists in Australia and we are looking forward to partnering with AAP to continue supporting journalists’ digital skills in the newsroom. Audiences, journalists and news publishers all benefit when stories are told in an engaging, innovative manner and I’m excited to see what journalists do with the skills they learn in the sessions,” said Google News Lab lead Uma Patel.
The training modules for 2023/24 are:
- Explore New Storytelling Formats
- Find New Ways to Fight Misinfo.
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