Google Nigeria says it is supporting a Digital Journalism initiative with the training of 150 journalists on how to use the google data tools.
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade Communications & Public Affairs Manager, West Africa, Google
Nigeria made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos, saying that the training would be done in collaboration with Google News Lab.
He said that the training would be beneficial to journalists in Lagos by giving them the necessary support to better understand the web and how to use the available online.
According to him, the web and digital tools present an interesting array of options for journalists.
He said: “However, learning how to use these tools can be a daunting task for many media people. “While the global news industry faces a knowledge challenge with regards to digital tools, Africa, by virtue of its non-digital education systems, faces even greater odds in the battle for digital integration in news and storytelling.
“In Nigeria for instance, only a few of the journalism institutions offer training programmes that focus on web tools.
“Many top news organisations miss out on stories due to their inability to utilise newer and more engaging digital techniques.”
Ogunlade said that in 2016, Google announced its commitment to train one million African youth within a year, to help them create and find jobs via the web.
He explained: “With the Digital Journalism Initiative, we want to contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s news and media ecosystem.
The News Lab is a team within the Google News Initiative whose mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in news. Offering partnerships and training in over 50 countries, the News Lab brings the best of Google technology to tackle important challenges in journalism today.