Workshop: Searching the internet

Sun, 17/07/2011 - Tue, 19/07/2011

Over the past few decades, the internet has evolved into a collective source of valuable information that journalists all over the world can tap into.

But with billions of pages online, it can be tricky finding the exact information you need. And to complicate things further, the open access nature of the internet means that it can contain a lot of false, inaccurate, and fabricated information.

It is important in this age to be able to search the internet to gather reliable, verified information, without wasting too much time on it. This information can then be used to allow journalists to write better stories.

Workshop Objectives

At the end of this workshop, the trainees should have learned the following:

1)The possibilities, limitations, and scope of online research

2)How to interact and make the most out of Google, the most popular search engine online

3)How to identify whether a source of information is reliable or not

4)How to add bookmarks and favorites, and how to sort them for higher accessibility

5)How to follow news on the internet, and make the news come to them rather than going to it

6)Legal and ethical issues of information, text and multimedia. What can and what can’t be used

7)How to sift through blogs and make good use of them

8)Sharing data on the internet with their communities

9)How to take their first steps into the digital revolution and how to translate that into their work

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