Kohima, March 2: A journalist should be able to produce factual reports without any biasness in order to make the readers more conscious, said Kallol Dey, Senior Journalist and Trainer for Poll Check Kohima.
Dey said this during a training series conducted by Google News Initiative at Hotel East Gate here on Saturday.
As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, Google News Initiative (GNI), in partnership with DataLeads and Internews has launched PollCheck: Covering India’s Election, to support journalists covering Indian election, said Dey in his introductory note. The training will be hosted in 30 cities across the country including Kohima and covers session on online verification to combat fake news, digital security and how to use YouTube for elections, he said.
Dey is one of the trainers of the Google News Initiative India Training Network.
Expressing that with the general elections round the corner lot of articles and photos does circulate around in the social media, including Whatsapp, Facebook and Tweeter handles, Dey urged upon the journalist to be very cautious and watchful in making news.
“Even as rumours and fake news, photos and videos spread like wildfire in the social media, the general public looks upon news reports in the print and electronic media for factual articles,” Dey said.
He said that such fake news does have the potential of creating public tension and leading to unwanted law and order situations and therefore it becomes the responsibility of journalists to dig out the fact and present it to the people.
He also made power-point presentations on differentiating factual and fake videos and photos circulated in the social media with the help of google search.
Around 35 journalists from Kohima Press Club and Directorate of Information and Public Relations attended the day long training. (Page News Service)