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Google and City in new digital literacy tie-up

The Department of Journalism at City is one of 49 founding members from around the world

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Google News Lab logoCity, University of London has joined up with Google in a new global network aimed at increasing digital literacy and data journalism skills in the media.

The network, entitled the Google News Lab University Network, will see the Department of Journalism at City join 48 other journalism schools worldwide.

City, widely renowned as one of the top providers of journalism education in the UK and Europe, will work with Google on training initiatives including data journalism; digital tools for storytelling; trust and verification projects and immersive journalism projects for journalism students, professionals and other media schools.

City joins as a founding partner and is the only university in London, and one of two in the UK, in the new initiative.

Tom FelleTom Felle, Lecturer in Journalism at City, said: “City is one the world’s top journalism education providers. We train the future editors of major global newspapers and broadcasters worldwide. City is at the cutting edge of digital journalism education but we recognise there is a significant lack of training for the media industry generally for digital skills.

"We are delighted to be part of the network and look forward to playing a leading role in increasing digital literacy skills and data journalism expertise in journalists of the future.”

Announcing the Google News Lab University Network, Nicholas Whitaker, Training and Development Manager at Google News Lab, said: “Journalism schools around the world are doing important work, shaping the future of media by training the next generation of journalists in their classrooms. At the News Lab, we believe Google’s tools, like Google Search, Google Trends, Google Maps and Google Earth, and others can play a unique role in helping provide the skills necessary for these students to succeed in the newsrooms of tomorrow.

He added: “Through this network, we hope to foster discussion with educators and offer them an opportunity to review News Lab curriculum and training materials to ensure that it adheres to the right level of pedagogy for journalists and students.”

Other global journalism schools in the network include the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; The University of Hong Kong; the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi.

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