He Dubai Press Club (DPC) organized a unique training session today, conducted in cooperation with the Google News Initiative focused on equipping journalists and media professionals in the region with the knowledge and skills necessary to take advantage of advanced digital tools.
The session, titled ‘Digital Reporting Skills and Digital Security’ led by Pamela Kesrouani, Professor, Google News InitiativeMENA, featured a deep dive into Google’s innovative tools, such as Pinpoint and Google Earth, which are transforming the way journalists gather and report news. Pinpoint, a tool designed to help journalists sift through large documents, and Google Earth’s capabilities to enhance storytelling with geographic information, are helping journalists create data-driven stories that provide compelling visual context and maintain high standards. objective precision.
Another key topic of the session was digital security, a critical concern in today’s digital age. Google Officials provided ideas and practical advice on how to protect online accounts and sensitive information. The session reinforced the importance of cybersecurity for journalists handling confidential sources and data.
The session also delved into how journalists can use Google Trends to explore what audiences are interested in and identify unique story ideas. Kesrouani illustrated how journalists can leverage this tool to understand readers’ interests and current news trends, allowing them to create more relevant and engaging content.
Mahfoudha Abdullah bin Selem, Director of Media Program Development and Media Training, Dubai Press Club, saying:
“The session is part of Dubai Press Club’s commitment to supporting the media community with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in the digital world. In partnership with the world’s leading media players, the DPC has created a learning platform designed to elevate professional excellence in the region’s media industry. Our collaboration with the Google News Initiative reflects our commitment to fostering a community of well-informed and technologically enabled journalists and media professionals. Equipping journalists with digital tools and security knowledge is vital to the future of media, and we are dedicated to promoting it.”
Joyce Baz, head of communications and spokesperson for Googlesaying:
“Google has a long history of supporting journalists in the Middle East and North Africa through training and funding to drive innovation in reader engagement and new business models. “Google has trained more than 15,000 journalists, students and media professionals in digital tools for news gathering and fact-checking, and we are committed to continuing to do more to elevate the news industry in the region.”
Participants found that the knowledge and ideas shared in the session were beneficial in improving their skills to effectively navigate and excel in the sphere of digital journalism.
News source: Dubai Press Office