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European project aims to foster fact-based public debate

Over 100 fact checks, and counting, are available on the eufactcheck.eu website. That is a pan-European fact-checking project involving 33 journalism schools from 24 countries. After a successful 2019 edition, the site tripled the number of visitors this spring.
The theme of the 2020 edition is ‘European politics, policies and contexts’. This is broader than the specific EU theme in the period before the Parliamentary Elections in 2019. The project doesn’t focus on national themes or contexts but students check claims or statements that have cross-national, pan-European impact.

New insights
The project is an ongoing success. The site has a run rate of 200 visitors per day. In the last three months, the number of visitors has tripled up to 58 000.
Also the students of the participating schools are enthusiastic and gather new insights in their future job. “In times of information overload, it is good to learn how to select what is important and what is correct”, says one student. “It is interesting to see how some politicians construct a false reality out of correct bits of information”, adds another one.

Monitoring media
EUfactcheck takes another course during the corona crisis because the participating schools want to safeguard the journalistic and methodological quality of the published fact checks. Times are strange and unpredictable now, with governmental regulations straining the work of journalists, with media dealing with changing truths from one hour to the next, with the undefeatable speed of social media countering false claims and statements, with difficulties for students of journalism to contact experts.
The educational core of the project and the intensive coaching of students are also influenced by the closure of universities all over Europe and restrictions on information.
That’s why the journalism students will not focus specifically on debunking claims on corona. They will publish blog posts about the media approaches and monitor how journalism is handling this changed reality in Europe and beyond. If the circumstances allow it, students can choose to check news on corona.

Coordinator Nadia Vissers and the steering committee of the project published a handbook. “We wanted to tell the story of the project”, says project coordinator Nadia Vissers. “And we want to share our lessons learned with everyone who has plans to set up a multinational project. Moreover, it helps educators who want to include a module on fact checking in their curriculum.”

From Finland to Italy, from Spain to Russia
The participating schools come from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Sweden. And the EUfactcheck project welcomes new participants from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.  All journalism schools publishing on the site are member of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), that groups about eighty journalism centres, schools 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 and at the same time EUfactcheck contributes to a better fact-based public debate.
EJTA members 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.

Project website
Instagram: eufactcheck
Twitter: @EUfactcheckEU
Facebook: eufactcheck.eu
Downloadlink handbook

For more information:
Nadia Vissers
EJTA Board member
Overall coordinator EUFACTCHECK

+ 32 485 31.83.57

A free online course by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNESCO, with support from the Knight Foundation and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

This massive open online course (MOOC) is offered simultaneously in four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The course has been planned to benefit journalists covering the pandemic, but it can benefit also journalism professors and students and it is open to anyone interested in the topic.

Click on this link for more information.

As borders are being closed, we urgently need to know from each other what is now going on in everybody's country. We advise to use the European Journalism Observatory to share global views on the current crisis. 

Would you like to know more or do you want to participate? Please contact our colleague from Dortmund: Susanne Fengler ( )

http://en.ejo.ch | https://ajo-ar.org | www.ejo-online.de

The guidelines of EJTA’s fact-checking project EUfactcheck were published in February 2020 and launched during the Train the trainer in Ljubljana.
If you’re interested in practical takeaways and concrete process and project descriptions, you can download the pdf here.

More than 40 journalism staff took part in a new EUfactcheck Train the Trainer, hosted by EJTA member Ljubljana University on 13 and 14 February 2020. The participants came from all over the European continent, with a focus on Central and Eastern European countries. The two training days were filled with infosessions on the project’s lessons learned and with workshops and hands on sessions on the EUfactcheck methodology. The training was funded by the Evens Foundation. The production team plans to publish on www.eufactcheck.eu with new and ‘old’ participants from March 2020 onwards.




FEJS is happy to invite students from EJTA members to the FEJS Annual Congress 2020 that will take place in Ljubljana Slovenia from April 16th to 21st.

More information: FESJ website | Application link

For the 2020 edition, we are looking for inspiration and new ideas to foster the motivation and abilities to think critically about social questions.  To counteract the fact that practice and research are often two worlds apart, we invite applications in two categories:

  • Embedded practices that support critical thinking about social questions
  • Scholarly but practice-oriented work that furthers our understanding of practices, pedagogies, curricula or projects that foster critical thinking, and the conditions in which education for critical thinking can thrive

The call is open to a broad variety of practices implemented in institutional and non-institutional spaces by teachers, scholars, students, educators, youth workers, artists, civil society organizations, citizen groups etc. This includes formal, non-formal and community-based education for youth as well as adults.

Further information about the criteria and the procedure can be found here.

If you would like to apply, please read the Call for Applications first and then download and fill in the Application Form. Both can be found on our website.

Please do not hesitate to contact Marjolein Delvou if you have any queries: Marjolein [dot] delvou [at] evensfoundation [dot] be

The Evens Foundation is a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp, Belgium, with offices in Paris and Warsaw. Through its activities, it aims to contribute to rethinking and building a European reality committed to the values of diversity, freedom, responsibility and solidarity. With our biennial prizes we wish to highlight innovative practices and achievements. Over the years, these prizes have also helped us identify new challenges, gain new insights and perspectives, and expand our network.


European Journalism Observatory and Otto Brenner Stiftung present pilot analysis

How do media across Europe cover migrants and refugees?

Comparative study conducted in 17 countries reveals blind spots – and different narratives.

Download the PDF file here.


Appel à Communication
Colloque du Réseau Théophraste
Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication (I.S.I.C.)
Rabat, 27 et 28 mai 2020

Conference website

Les enseignants, professeurs et chercheurs intéressés à participer à ce colloque international francophone doivent faire parvenir un résumé́ de 300 à 500 mots exposant leur problématique, leur méthodologie et, le cas échéant, les résultats anticipés.

Les propositions doivent être soumises au plus tard le 15 mars 2020, avec la mention Rabat2020, et envoyées à Marc-François Bernier ( ), président du comité́ scientifique du Réseau Théophraste. Une réponse sera acheminée au plus tard le 15 avril 2020. Les organisateurs du colloque prennent en charge les frais de logement (Hôtel).


Journalism, Communication and Humanities in the New Technology Era

Nicosia, Cyprus – September 17-19, 2020


Call for Papers: submit by April 1st, 2020

all information can be read on the conference website.