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Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training

This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age.

Using this Handbook

 #FightFakeNews

UNESCO's new handbook is an essential addition to teaching syllabi for all journalism educators, as well as practising journalists and editors who are interested in information, how we share it and how we use it. 

It is mission critical that those who practice journalism understand and report on the new threats to trusted information. Therefore, this handbook has been designed to enable those in education and training to handpick the modules and introductory chapters to suit your media landscape.

Political parties, health professionals, business people, scientists, election monitors and others will also find the handbook useful in navigating the information disorder.

Written by experts in the fight against disinformation, this handbook explores the very nature of journalism - with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of the information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101; social media verification and combatting online abuse.

Here, we list chapters and the seven individual modules to download, to enable you to develop your own course relevant to your media environment.

Click here to return to the main handbook page or click here to view UNESCO's other reports and syllabi in its Journalism Education Series

Sections

  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Contributors
    • Editors
      Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
      Julie Posetti, Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
    • Contributing Authors
      Magda Abu-Fadil, director of Media Unlimited, Lebanon
      Fergus Bell, founder of Dig Deeper Media
      Hossein Derakhshan researcher and Fellow at
      Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School 
      Alexios Mantzarlis, Programme Lead International Fact-Checking Network, Poynter Institute
      Alice Matthews, news and current affairs journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 
      Tom Trewinnard, Programme Lead, Meedan’s open source verification toolkit, Check.
      Claire Wardle, Executive Director First Draft, and Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Harvard Kennedy School

Modules

  1. Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why it Matters
  2. Thinking about "Information Disorder": Formats of Misinformation, Disinformation and Mal-information 
  3. News Industry Transformation: Digital Technology, Social Platforms and the Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation 
  4. Combatting Disinformation and Misinformation Through Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
  5. Fact-Checking 101
  6. Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content
  7. Combatting Online Abuse: When Journalists and Their Sources are Targeted

Module One

Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why it Matters Cherilyn Ireton Click here

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Module Two

Thinking about "Information Disorder": Formats of Misinformation, Disinformation and Mal-Information Claire Wardle & Hossein Derakshan Click here

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Module Three

News Industry Transformation: Digital Technology, Social Platforms and the Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation Julie Posetti Click here

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Module Four

Combatting Disinformation and Misinformation Through Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

Magda Abu-Fadil Click here

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Module Five

Fact-Checking 101 Alexios Mantzarlis Click here

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Module Six

Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content Tom Trewinnard and Fergus Bell Click here

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Module Seven

Combatting Online Abuse: When Journalists and Their Sources are Targeted  Julie Posetti Click here

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