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After the success of the students’ publications on www.eufactcheck.eu the participants of EJTA’s fact-checking project EUfactcheck decided to move on with the project and to take new steps in the academic year 2019-2020.

At the Teachers’ Conference in Dortmund the practical details will be discussed.

By December 2019 a manual with guidelines and tips & tricks will be published and in February 2020 a second Bootcamp will be organised in Ljubljana, with financial help from the Evens Foundation.

All the information about the current state of affairs, the outcome and the future plans can be found in the presentations which you can find here.

At the AGM in Paris on 8 July 2019 the EJTA members decided to start a 3-year pilot to strengthen the managerial potential of EJTA through appointing an EJTA Director for two days a week.
The Director will take care of all operational tasks (in close collaboration with the EJTA Secretariat), will coordinate current (e.g. EUfactcheck, DESTIN) and future projects and will manage relations with present and future funders (e.g. Council of Europe, Evens Foundation). The Board will be able to focus on its strategic tasks.

EJTA members agreed unanimously with the current General Secretary, Nadia Vissers, taking this position and gave the Board the mandate to take all the necessary steps.
The 3-year pilot period with an EJTA Director starts from 1 September 2020 onwards and will be evaluated yearly.

 

More information about the project can be found on our projects page and on the project website.

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

 

        

 

You can read the latest FEJS newsletter here.

-- Press release --

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;
Facebook: eufactcheck.eu

 

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!

(c) Harrison Rich

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

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