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THISAM Talks: The Misinformation Project: A JHR/First Draft News training workshop

Aphrodite Sallas, Assistant Professor, Concordia University, Canada talked about The Misinformation Project: A JHR/First Draft News training workshop. 

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi 


First Draft News is a global non-profit based in the UK. When reporting and researching the media environment is important to understand first the landscape of information disorder. The current composition of our information landscape uses common technologies to manipulate the media. Journalists need to learn how to think beyond verifying news and understand the landscape of information disorder.


Our relationship to information is emotional. People are not necessarily deciding what to believe in based on the information but rather based on theses ties that we have to the communities, our identities and the things we believe in and belong to. Information landscape is very different than it used to be. Covid is the perfect storm. There is a combination of all these things that leave space of uncertainty online and leaves the space for people to deal with disinformation. Some tactics and techniques are visuals, memes and screenshots are the main forms of disinformation. Keyword squatting is the strategic domination of keywords. This is a tactic that can be used to mispresent groups, individuals or information. Journalists need to find the sources where the information is coming form alike accounts of platforms and the keywords about the words, hashtags or phrase that is use to talk about a particular topic. Through keywords you can find new sources to follow. 

About THISAM 
The 5th Thessaloniki International Summer Academy on Media is organized by School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh), Jean Monet of European Union Public Diplomacy along with other partners  under the title: “New trends in Media and Journalism: Turning crisis into opportunity”.

 Special emphasis is given on the topics:
1. Disinformation, Science Journalism / News Literacy
2. Crisis Communication
3. New business models in Media Organisations