AFP offers fact-checking course with support from Google News Initiative – Meios & Publicidade

Providing journalists and journalism students with “tools and techniques to face the growing wave of misinformation and false allegations that are swarming on the internet, with a direct impact on society” is the objective of a digital training launched by Agence France-Presse. In an initiative with the support of the Google News Initiative, the news agency will offer, starting this Friday, a course developed by its fact-checking team, with content adapted to any level of professional experience and promising “free training to increase the essential digital skills and save time in searching for reliable information in the midst of divergent and misleading sources”.

“The rapid evolution of social networks and applications, and the speed at which disinformation spreads, means that journalists need to be constantly updated. We want to share the expertise of our digital investigative team with all journalists, helping them to work more efficiently and safely,” explains Phil Chetwynd, AFP’s global news director.

The course consists of 10 modules in Portuguese, each lasting about an hour, and the training content includes videos, practical examples and exercises, as well as tips from the agency’s experts. “The most advanced courses cover techniques for deeper verifications, and the step-by-step to better anticipate and deal with digital harassment”, adds AFP in a statement, where it is anticipated that “in the coming months the platform will be updated with new examples, exercises and webinars”.


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