Milena Rosenzvit, coordinator of the Chequeado Education Program, a data verification group in Argentina that is working hand in hand with Google, told TechMarkup that said courses are mainly focused on journalists and teachers who can train others.
“The idea of this network is not us directly training journalists, but train journalists and teachers so that they can teach you fact checking to others and thus generate a multiplier effect“, he pointed.
The construction of this network of verifiers is taking place in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Peru through a program that will last 3 to 4 months, where knowledge will be promoted among those interested with training in journalism or who are university students in the area.
“We can continue building and multiplying the impact [de los verificadores] because the essential idea of this project is have 500 new fact checkers in the region, which is huge. It also implies a new model of training people who can train. To train trainers”, he pointed out John Manuel Luceroleader of News Lab in Google to TechMarkup.
assured that education is an essential part not only so that there are new verifiers, but also in terms of media literacy, since “there are many things to do, that is, to contribute so that citizens can have this more critical access to information and that the information they receive also be of more and better quality”.
A tool for people to review information that could be extraordinary is Fact Checker Explorer and soon Google will have Featured Stories on mobile devices to give more visibility to original and quality content.