Jammu: The Google News Initiative, in partnership with DataLEADS, hosted ' Virtual Round Table Of Editors'. It was a virtual training series for journalists covering state elections in India. Jammu based columnist and journalist Dr. Satwant Singh Rissam attended the training session which was open for journalists, journalism students, media educators, bloggers and community radio station professionals.
The event cheerfully commenced with a brief introduction highlighting the aim to support journalists in learning new digital tools for news gathering, reporting and verification. The eminent personalities who spoke on the occasion were Ritu Kapoor, Founder & CEO, The Quint; Jatin Gandhi Journalist & Journalism teacher ,TSOM; Alok Verma, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Newzstreet TV/Nyoooz; Smita Sharma, Contributing Editor, India Ahead News; Aditi Prasad, Senior Editor, HT Digital and Rajesh Upadhyay, Editor-in-Chief & Senior Vice President, Jagran New Media.
In a gripping interaction, the experts spoke on topics like verifying election data and numbers, fact-checking tools, video story-telling for ground reports, data verification, and online and physical safety for journalists. They all also shared their personal experience while covering various elections. Prof. Kanchan Kaur, Dean, IIJNM Bangalore moderated the whole training session.