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Fake is a Fact

Disinformation spread over the digital social networks is a threat to our democracies, our society, our economy, and to the individuals. Disinformation alters confidence of the general public in the media, and tends to undermine the freedom of press and the freedom of expression.

Project Aims

Meet the need for new skills

Mand media education professionals acquire new skills in order to be able to understand the multidisciplinary nature of the disinformation (fake news) issue, and how it affects the exercise of their current or future professional activity in news media companies, in media departments of public or private organizations, or in educational environments. With this in mind, the project plans to design and develop a joint European cross- disciplinary post-graduate training curriculum on disinformation and fact-checking accessible via the Web. 

Meet the need for real expertise

Participants acquire real expertise in the fields of fact-checking and disinformation, through the mastery of the theoretical concepts and digital tools used in this field, in order to enable them to exercise the new emerging profession of fact-checker. To this end, the project plans to create a set of higher education eLearning modules, and covering the main disciplines involved in designing and implementing a fact-checking strategy based on quality news production and distribution.

Target audiences

Students in communicatin areas, current and future media professionals, public relation managers, teachers and others professionals dealing with information, digital literacy and disinformation.
The Consortium

Eight European Partners

The project is led by the NOVA University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH), in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer Science and Communication of the University of Economics in Katowice, the Faculty of Sociology of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University - Paris 3, the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Faculty of Education Sciences of the University of Lapland, the Faculty of Law of Leiden, the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Lorraine, and the Portuguese Press Publisher's Association.


Hours Of Work
Project Initiatives
Online Sessions
Project Partners

Expected results

Tangible Results

  • A mapping study report on training approaches to disinformation and fact-checking in Europe
  • A study report, based on a field survey, on the target audiences: personal characteristics, study or professional environment, learning conditions, pre-acquired knowledges, learning constraints, delivery options, etc. 
  • A brand new curriculum dedicated to misinformation and fact-checking with eLearning course modules accessible via the Web
  • An LMS platform (Moodle type) configured for the pedagogical management of the eLearning modules, and for collaborative learning
  • The implementation, in the partner centres, of the new postgraduate curriculum for the testing organization of eLearning modules
  • A satisfaction study report based on the participants feedback
  •  The organization of 5 workshops in Portugal
  • An international conference in Lisbon
Intangible Results
  • Greater knowledge about fact-checking theories, tools and platforms

  • To improve awareness and skills among news media professionals and public relation managers

  • New competences and perspectives among students and professionals

  • To inform about the European postgraduate degree on disinformation and fact-checking

  • Higher training skills (pedagogical, methodological, professional and technological) of the educators and media professionals

  • Increasing expertise on the subject by both the participants and the organizations of the Consortium