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Covering and Protecting Your Elections
September 11

Tools to detect misinformation, protect yourself and your data online, and connect with voters

The Details

September 11, 1-5 p.m.

Main Downtown Library (aka Jonsson Library)
Auditorium, 1st Floor
1515 Young Street


Parking Info
Parking is free. The entrance to the library’s underground parking garage is located on the Wood Street (one-way going East) side of the building.

Follow this link to reserve your seat.

Contact Lou Harry via email or by phone at 317-920-4786.

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1 p.m.
Introduction, Agenda & Overview

1:30 p.m.
Verification & Fact Checking

2:45 p.m.
Safety & Security

3:30 p.m.
Ethics & Elections

4 p.m.
Data Journalism

5 p.m.
Online Resources & Wrap-up

Meet the Trainers

Nicholas Whitaker

Nicholas Whitaker (@nickdigital) is the Training and Development Manager at the Google News Lab — a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

Nicholas has been at Google for over 7 years, providing in-person training and educational programs, as well as adult-online learning initiatives, reaching more than half a million journalists worldwide.

Before joining Google in 2010 Nicholas spent the prior decade producing, directing, editing, and shooting videos and still images for news, commercial, entertainment and advocacy media while also teaching courses in video production, new media, and communication theory as an adjunct professor at Eugene Lang College — The New School for Liberal Arts, and Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Nicholas earned a BA from The New School University with a focus in documentary film production and media theory, and an MA from New York University where he specialized in new media and the history of propaganda in political communication.

Samaruddin (Sam) Stewart

Sam Stewart (@samsends ) is a journalist and media technologist based in California and is a program manager for the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative which has trained over 17,000 US journalists since 2016. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also selected as a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where his research focused on countering misinformation through technology. His prior work includes senior managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and he was also selected as the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow, serving as a media expert providing strategic advising on media outreach and audience engagement. He holds an MBA from Central European University and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism.

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