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“Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students, Year II.”

To train Czech journalism students to identify and debunk propaganda and disinformation and advance their critical thinking skills in general. Donor: the U.S. Embassy in Prague

 Overall Objective: To train Czech journalism students to identify and debunk propaganda and disinformation and advance their critical thinking skills in general. In terms of long-term outcomes, the Czech media, as a whole, should become more adept at discerning and debunking disinformation as the alumni of this training program enter the profession full-time. This directly supports the goal of developing a free, independent
and professional media corps in the region thus advancing global security in the region and advancing democracy in the region.



Prague: 16 - 17 January 2019 - Transitions course of lecturing skills



Bootcamp: 25 June 2018 - 1 July 2018

As a follow up of the TOL program to improve fact-checking and verification skills of Czech journalism (and other relevant fields) students a special week-long boot camp was organized for most motivated program participants. Within seven days of the intense program, 13 participants learned to code in javascript, learned about natural language processing solutions, gamification possibilities, data analysis, and visualizations. They also developer own story ideas and extensive follow up mentoring is planned to bring those ideas to publishing.


Jan Martínek said: "While lecturing at boot camp, I enjoyed first of all the authentic and sincere motivation of all participants. The Czech Republic is far behind the basic and advanced computer literacy, and that makes it even more necessary to deliver courses like this – journalists need advanced tools and skills for work with information."


Jan Boček said: "Our aim was to give the future journalists and analysts a coding basics that will help them to use certain tools effectively for variety of topics, including investigative or data journalism. Despite the fact this set of skills is absolutely essential for professional careers of students nowadays, currently, there is no other event of this kind and focus in the Czech republic and it is great that Transitions took the initiative in this field."




Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!
1 March 2018 – 31 July 2018

March 2018 - Transitions trained 38 journalism students three day training program, Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster, in Prague and Brno and 21 faculty members, journalists, analysts, and NGOs for 1.5 days workshop in Prague. Participants had the opportunity to learn from journalism experts, such as Fergus Bell, Christiaan Triebert, Petr Kočí and Jan Boček. Students acquired the skills of how to identify fake news sources and accounts, reverse image search, working with satellite imagery, manipulative visualization, and so much more. Our participants loved the course, and found the information they learned valuable and applicable.

Veronika Halamková said: “Big thank you to everyone who made the workshop happen. The most insightful and inspiring three days yet! At the end I only wished it could be longer so I could learn more and spend time with new found friends.”

Tomáš Titěra - another participant said, “It has been a perfect opportunity to improve and expand my knowledge on very important topics. The workshop has greatly complemented my studies.” We are thrilled for how the program turned out!

Debunking Disinformation video 


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