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.
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,