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"Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Journalism Students and Professional Journalists"

To strengthen the ability of student and professional journalists to timely identify and efficiently fight fakes and disinformation campaigns, thus improving access of Georgian and Armenian citizens to quality information Donor: International Visegrad Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Overall Objective: To strengthen the ability of student and professional journalists to timely identify and efficiently fight fakes and disinformation campaigns, thus improving access of Georgian and Armenian citizens to quality information and enabling a more unbiased discussion on the European aspirations of these two countries.


Specific Objectives Include:

1. Introducing information verification and disinformation-countering skills into curricula of local universities and to raise awareness of journalism students about the importance of information verification.

2. Improving the ability of independent journalists in Armenia and Georgia to identify disinformation campaigns and report on them, countering, in particular, fake news.

3.  Widening awareness of fake news among the general public, thus enabling readers to better identify disinformation campaigns themselves.


Partners

  • The Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

  • Media Initiatives Center (Armenia)

  • Independent Journalism Foundation (Hungary)

  • MEMO98 (Slovakia)

  • Linking Media (Poland)


Activities

  • Information verification/media literacy courses at local universities in both Armenia and Georgia

  • A “verification school” with multiple workshops to train professional journalists in information verification

  • E-learning courses for online support between the workshops

  • Fact-checking games, distributed through social media, to promote anti-fake literacy to students and wider public in a less academic manner than formal training.

  • “I Am Media” contests in both Armenia and Georgia, a competition to encourage critical thinking about the media among students.

  • Localization of verification tools that will help to identify doctored multimedia content.


Donors: International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic



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