Journalism, 'Fake News' & Disinformation: IPDC is launching a new model course


IPDC previewed its new curriculum to editors and journalism trainers at the World News Media Congress in Estoril, Portugal, on 5 June. The guide to how journalists can understand and respond to disinformation is also featured in a session at the conference of the International Association of Media and Communications Research in Eugene, Oregon (USA) on 22 June. The full version will be published on the IPDC website shortly.

The new handbook provides a framework for inquiry and lessons to help navigate journalists and journalism students through the current information disorder. It examines, amongst others, the deployment of 'fake news' as a term to discredit journalism; sets out an alternative framework covering disinformation and misinformation; and provides practical tools for fact-checking and social media verification. The lessons are contextual, theoretical and in the case of digital verification, extremely practical.

The curiculum falls into two distinct parts: the first three modules frame the problem and give it context, while the last four focus on responses to 'information disorder' and its consequences. Click here to download the handbook for free.

The handbook, Journalism, 'Fake News' & Disinformation is the latest publication in UNESCO's Publication Series on Journalism Education. Through this initiative, UNESCO engages with media teaching, practice and researching from a global perspective, and the promotion of shared excellence in journalism education.