Fact Check

How can you distinguish credible information from “fake news”? Reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate good journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on Social media and echoed by a growing number of explicitly partisan news outlets.

This course will examine the processes that generate both accurate and inaccurate news stories and the factors that lead people to believe those stories. Participants will gain skills help them to distinguish fact from fiction.

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Lesson 1 – Introduction to Fact checking
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Lesson 2 – What is a fact and what is an opinion?
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Lesson 3 – The Rise of False Information
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Lesson 4 – How to spot fake news
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Lesson 5 – Use the SMELL Test To Separate Fact from Fiction
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Lesson 6 – What drives fake news?
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Intro to Fact-checking Quiz
7 questions
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Lesson 7 – User Generated Content Verification – Images and Videos

One of the most interesting developments in Zimbabwean journalism and of course the world over has been the proliferation of user generated content (UGC) all over social media. Innovative newsrooms long adopted user generated content in their workflows. In Zimbabwe,

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Lesson 8 – Visuals Verification Basics
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Lesson 9 – What happens when citizen journalism goes wrong
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Lesson 10 – Reverse Image Search
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Lesson 11 – Google’s reverse image search
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Lesson 12 – Google Reverse Image Search on Mobile
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Lesson 13 – Third-Party Image Search Engines
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Reverse image search Quiz
5 questions

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