ICFJ Dow Jones-TruthBuzz webinar: how to combine forces to combat misinformation [Worldwide]

Posted on Dec 20, 2019 in Fact-Checking and Verification

Anyone concerned with how newsrooms can halt the spread of misinformation can attend this Dow Jones-TruthBuzz webinar about how newsroom coalitions have worked together to counter dis-/misinformation.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will host the webinar "How to Combine Forces to Combat Misinformation" at 8 a.m. EDT on Monday, Dec. 23. The webinar will be streamed simultaneously on the IJNet Facebook page.

The webinar will feature two experts: Astudestra Ajengrastri, Senior Broadcast Journalist - Social Media Editor at BBC News Indonesia and a former ICFJ TruthBuzz Fellow, and Lilia Zaharia, a senior reporter at the Moldova Association of Independent Press (API) and Editorial Director of ProFact Moldova, a program that mobilized journalists to apply investigative techniques to identify and counter sources of false information online. They will share their experiences and insight into how other newsrooms and journalists can work together to combat misinformation. 

In Indonesia, Ajengrastri worked closely with the Cekfakta Coalition - a collaborative effort of 24 online newsrooms - to tackle the spread of disinformation during the 2019 presidential campaign. Cekfakta organized a live fact-checking operation during the presidential debates. This work convinced at least one candidate to admit he was less likely to make false claims knowing they would be debunked.

In Moldova, Zaharia and the ProFact network investigated false stories spread in Moldovan media, publishing credible responses through the local fact-checking site StopFals and other independent media outlets. Through a partnership with local “troll-hunters” and researchers in the UK, the team exposed some fake social media accounts spreading false information, revealing connections between misinformation and major political parties in the country.

Registration is free and ongoing. Registered participants will receive a reminder email as well as a link to a video recording of the webinar when it becomes available.The link to join the webinar is available here.

This webinar is the last in a series of ICFJ Dow Jones TruthBuzz Webinars.