Monday, March 20, 2023

Journalists under pressure amid erosion of press freedom: Google News Lab

Google is seeing more and more pressure on journalists and erosion of press freedom, not only in Asia, but globally.

Despite this, there is a strong sense of mission and purpose that work needs to be done, according to Irene J. Liu, who leads Google News Lab, part of the Google News Initiative (GNI).

Liu said in a Google blog post with David Zuckerman, Content, Google, “What has always amazed me is how the newsrooms here interact with Google and each other for problem-solving and innovation. Ready to collaborate. This agility is really inspiring.” News Initiative.

A veteran political, investigative and data journalist, she was a 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting as part of a Reuters team that documented widespread fraud in US college admissions.

Now, with News Lab, Irene promotes innovation and the use of technology in the newsroom.

According to him, journalists in the field can see links between freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the stability of their democracies and societies, “because they remember a time when things were very, very different”.

“They have seen the menace of misinformation and how it can be a matter of life and death, especially in a pandemic. So it needs this gut feeling to work, a feeling that ‘we have no choice’ ‘We have to understand this as an industry’. Otherwise, the trajectory of history may change very quickly,” Liu stressed.

Misinformation is top of mind almost everywhere in this field, and journalists feel like it’s up to them to endure.

“The interesting thing in Asia is you have people coming online for the first time, so there’s an opportunity to develop awareness and resistance to misinformation from the start,” Liu said.

In India, Google has pioneered this approach through Factshala, which teaches news and information literacy to Internet users for the first time.

FactShala partners with trusted sources, civil society organizations, nonprofits, community activists, educators, and journalists to deliver their views in multiple languages.

“As long as we listen to the journalism community and respond to their needs, we can achieve a lot together,” Liu said.



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