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Spreading the best European practices: the Department of social communications of MSU organized a training on fact checking

The professors of the Social Communications Department and students of the specialty "Journalism" of Mariupol State University continue to learn from the experience of leading media experts in Ukraine and Europe.

On November 24, Nadia Vissers, director of the European Journalists Training Association (EJTA), EUfactcheck project manager, and international program coordinator for journalists, held an online training session "EUfactcheck: pan-European project: efficiency, fact-checking, ethics".


The training symbolically united the Eastern, Western and central parts of Ukraine, simultaneously bringing together students, postgraduates and teachers of higher educational institutions in Mariupol, Ternopil, Sumy and Kyiv. The Chairman of the public organization «Hromadske Radio» (the Public Radio), Chairman of the Commission on Journalistic Ethics, TV and Radio Host, Senior Lecturer of the Social Communications Department of Mariupol State University Andrey Kulikov moderated the online meeting.


During the first session of the training, Nadia Visser presented the EUfactcheck project, which has already been joined by different universities from 20 European countries. She introduced the methodology and tools of fact-checking, and shared the best practices of the project participants on fact-checking in the information space. The expert also emphasized that European universities plan to make fact-checking a separate discipline at the departments of journalism and one of the main professional competencies of future media professionals.
 

Fact-checking should be a part of the journalistic discipline programs. High-quality journalism is determined by fact verification. These are journalists who should publish truthful information,


– Nadia Vissers.


The second session began with a discussion of the main ideas of the project and the possibility for Ukrainian universities to join its implementation. After that, the participants of the master class discussed the specifics of processing anonymous sources of information, markers for detecting fake news, cross-checking, features of disinformation in social networks, and other issues.


We remind you that trainings with Ukrainian and European experts are held within the framework of the MediaHub international project, which is implemented by the Social Communications Department of Mariupol State University supported by the Media Development Fund of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

 

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