Google and NUJ to launch training partnership

  • 07 Jul 2022

The union, in partnership with Google News Lab, is launching a new training programme to improve journalists’ digital skills and also develop the management skills of members in their mid-career.

Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab, said:

“As a former journalist, I can begin to understand the pressure to stay across a range of new tools. The team I lead has trained 16,500 UK journalists and journalism students since 2015, with a focus on providing workshops outside of London.

“Our new partnership with the National Union of Journalists will build on these efforts and focus on helping local journalists across the UK and Ireland develop both their journalism and leadership capabilities. They’ll deliver 13 in-person workshops nationwide, and 30 virtual digital skills workshops to ensure the training is fully accessible to all.”

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

“This partnership is an opportunity to improve the digital skills of our members, in particular by using technology to verify the authenticity and accuracy of images, videos and reports on social media and elsewhere online – an essential skill for a modern and ethical journalist. The training will also help mid-career members to progress towards leadership roles, with a particular emphasis on groups under-represented within the industry’s management – women, black and minority ethnic, disabled and working class journalists.”

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