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Twenty journalism schools fact-check EU elections

European project aims to foster fact-based public debate

Twenty journalism schools in fifteen European countries will be fact-checking political claims in the media in the spring of 2019. Tackling misinformation during the EU election campaign is the main objective of the EUFACTCHECK project. With their work the students want to contribute to a more fact-based public debate.

All participating Journalism schools are member of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), that groups about seventy journalism centres, school and universities from about thirty countries across Europe. With the project EJTA wants the journalism students to grow a deeper insight and interest in democratic processes by enhancing their media literacy and as such developing both critical understanding of the media and active participation in the media. In this way the quality of journalism and journalism education will be improved.

Involvement

“With our project we want to contribute to the accuracy of European political statements made by media and politicians in order to enhance a more fact-based public debate”, says Nadia Vissers, coordinator. “That’s why via social media EU citizens can ask the journalism students to check claims about EU politics. As such the project fosters the growth of democratic awareness and media literacy.”

Research shows that collaborative fact-checking projects such as this one, strongly improve the audience's understanding of the process and trusting of the output. Eventually EUFACTCHECK hopes to empower a large group of European citizens and voters to become actively involved in the European debate and consequently help shape the future EU policies.

Unique methodology

Two lecturers of AP University college in Antwerp, Belgium, developed a flowchart to help the students prepare their fact-check. All participating schools will use the methodology. “We don’t claim the flowchart is the only methodology to perform a fact-check”, says Frederik Marain, one of the authors. “But it is a pedagogical tool that gives students a clear insight in the claim and helps them to set up their fact-check.”

From Finland to Italy, from Spain to Russia

The fifteen participating countries in the project are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.                                                                                       

EUFACTCHECK cooperates and shares expertise with other fact-checking organisations such as Firstdraftnews, CrossCheck, IFCN, DigDeeper,… The project is supported by the Council of Europe and the Evens Foundation.

EJTA groups about seventy journalism centres, schools and universities from about thirty countries. They work together to improve journalism education in Europe, enabling members to collaborate on exchanges and teaching and research projects, and meet regularly to exchange ideas and information.

 

www.eufactcheck.eu;
Instagram: eufactcheck;
Twitter: @EUfactcheckEU;
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For more information:

Nadia Vissers

EJTA Board member

Overall coordinator EUFACTCHECK

+ 32 485 31.83.57

30 EJTA staff members participated in the very constructive and inspiring EUfactcheck Bootcamp in Utrecht on 24-25 January 2019. We’re really ready for the big work now!

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There currently circulates a fake e-mail asking for a payment to be made to EJTA or on behalf of EJTA. The sender seems to be our President. 
These requests are FAKE.

The only VALID EJTA bank account details are: BNP PARISBAS FORTIS  |  BE46 0017 1915 4036  | BIC GEBABEBB
If you have questions about the authenticity of a certain mail, please feel free to contact the EJTA office.

 

The EJTA office will be closed from 21 December 2018 until 6 January 2019.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102) is currently running a Special Issue "Technology-enhanced Learning in Media Studies", which is guest edited by Dr. Elissavet Gina Georgiadou, from our member institution School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dear EJTA-Colleague,

In May 2020 I will step down as President of the European Journalism Training Association. This means that EJTA will have a vacancy for this position. At the AGM in Barcelona we decided that the future president will join the Board in July 2019 in the position of Vice-President so that she or he will have the opportunity to learn about the full range of tasks and responsibilities of the presidency. After the first year of serving in the Board she or he will take over the position of President of the European Journalism Training Association for a minimum of two years and  - if reelected - for a maximum of six years. 

The Board would like those who wish to apply for this position to write a short bio and motivation to before the end of 2018. As it is essential that the institute you are working for supports your candidacy, it is recommended that you include a letter of support from your manager, dean, rector or anyone else that is in charge in your institute.

For information or consultation about the vacancy you can contact me at the above mail address. Please don’t hesitate to do so.

Yours truly,

On behalf of the Board of EJTA,

 

Nico Drok

President

Available presentations of our AGM and Conference in Barcleona can be found on our Slideshare account.
The presentation of F. Hanusch can be received upon explicit request by e-mail to the EJTA Secretariat.

 

The 5th World Journalism Education Congress will be held in Paris, FRANCE, at Paris-Dauphine University, between July 9 and 11, 2019.

The WJEC is currently soliciting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education. These will be presented as refereed research papers at the forthcoming Paris conference.
Abstracts will be accepted on a variety of topics related to mass communication. However, submitters are encouraged to focus their entries on the broader conference theme: “Teaching Journalism During a Disruptive Age.”

Deadlines: WJEC invites interested presenters to electronically submit abstracts only (minimum 500 words; maximum 800 words) by October 22, 2018.
Download the call for papers here.
Full papers are due on June 1, 2019 to be eligible for inclusion in the online conference proceedings.

Please visit the WJEC Paris website for more information and guidelines.

 

The aim of the conference is to discuss how journalists and media should report risk and crisis. More specifically, we aim to bring forward challenges, opportunities and responses needed in a changing media ecosystem. The shift towards this new environment means that crisis journalism should be on focus. The core objective of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching resources and ideas.

Please note that although we encourage all conference participants to submit abstracts, which will later be published in a book of abstracts and will be available to download online, this is completely optional for EJTA members. If you are an EJTA member and wish to attend without presenting a paper, please submit only the registration form. If you are unsure whether you are linked to any institution as an institutional member, feel free to contact EJTA.

Participation in the conference is free of charge to the EJTA members.
The registration fee for non-EJTA members is 250 Euros.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is September 7th, 2018 (23:59 Greek time)

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants in due time.

The 5th World Journalism Education Congress will be held at the Paris-Dauphine University in Paris, France, between July 8 (afternoon: AGM EJTA) and 12, 2019.

The WJEC is currently soliciting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education. These will be presented as refereed research papers at the forthcoming Paris conference. Abstracts will be accepted on a variety of topics related to mass communication. However, submitters are encouraged to focus their entries on the broader conference theme: “Teaching Journalism during a Disruptive Age”.

WJEC invites interested presenters to electronically submit abstracts only (minimum 500 words; maximum 800 words) by September 15, 2018.

Please visit the conference website for more information and submission.

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