Advanced fact-check training

An Advanced Training for BNR’s Fact-Checking Team has been held in the period 26-28 October 2022 in Sofia. The training is part of the project Piloting Radio-FACT-Checks for a More Trustworthy Media Landscape: #factcheckEI_BNR, implemented by the European Institute Foundation and the Bulgarian National Radio with the financial support of the European Media and Information fund (EMIF).

BNR’s Fact-Checking Team had the opportunity to learn from, and adopt, best practices from local and international experts in fact checking, investigative journalism, international security and innovation and artificial intelligence (AI).

The capacity-building training enabled the team to utilize digital tools and platforms for checking facts more effectively, analyzing content and images, monitoring the disinformation ecosystem, discovering the linkages between websites that disseminate misleading information and the mechanisms through which disinformation works on social media.

Some of the topics covered included: How to Find Information in the Fake News Era?; AnalyzeID; Cache Google, Wayback Machine,; “Social Listening” Against Fake News – Crowdtangle, BuzzSumo, Hashtagify; News Monitoring and Social Media Listening Tools; Investigating Within Closed Groups; Dealing with Trolls; Downloading and Analysing Videos from Social Networks; Using Databases and Infographics; Fact-Checking on Scientific Topics; Detecting Manipulation; Can Media Contribute to Countering Extremism and Terrorism?, etc.

This kind of Train the trainers initiative will seek to engage in the project over 30 regional reporters, news makers and correspondents, who will participate in regional trainings and will conduct fact-checks of statements on key themes that could be misleading to listeners and readers.

This publication has been produced within the project “Piloting Radio-FACT-Checks for a More Trustworthy Media Landscape” (#factcheckEI_BNR), implemented by the European Institute Foundation and the Bulgarian National Radio with financial support by the European Media and Information Fund. The sole responsibility for any content supported by the European Media and Information Fund lies with the author(s) and it may not necessarily reflect the positions of the EMIF and the Fund Partners, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European University Institute.

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