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Google empowers local journalists

13 May 2013, 14:11

Lagos - In a move aimed at helping Nigerian journalists understand the use of online data journalism tools as well as assist them develop more data-driven news, technology firm, Google, will next month train Nigerian journalists during an outreach event.

This is scheduled for June 4.

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, communication and public affairs manager, Google Anglophone West Africa, said 50 journalists will benefit from the programme.

Ogunlade said the number of participants at the training would be reduced to ensure easier access to resources and facilitators.

"This means that after registration, there would be a random short-listing phase where we cut down the number of participants to 50.

"Secondly, because the training this time is a lot more intense, attendees must attend all the three classes to qualify for certification. The reason is that we want everyone who attends to have a good grasp of the tools,"
he said.

Ogunlade said the 2013 edition of the training would have a different structure to fit the feedback received by the organisation after the 2012 edition of the new media training.

The training will focus specifically on using Google fusion tables, Google forms and Spreadsheet, Advanced Search 2.0 application, Google Earth Maps and Crowd Sourcing with the Social Media, to enhance news gathering by journalists.

It will also include sessions with application software developers who worked closely with journalists and the media to enrich the training experience. - CAJ News

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