Disinformation is a threat to democracy, society, economy and individuals. Disinformation jeopardizes public confidence in the media and endangers press freedom and freedom of expression.To contribute to the dissemination of this new European programme, over the next few months (2021-2022), workshops will be organized in which our European partners present the themes that will be studied in depth in the various modules of this online course.

25th & 26th November 2021 
NEW DATE 27th May 2022

Business models

Speaker and organization - Jean Dominique Seroen – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Cenjor (Protocol Center for Professional Training for Journalists), Lisbon & Universidade de Aveiro
This workshop will focus on media business models, especially in digital contexts, and to what extent these models are a guarantee of the independence and impartiality of the media.

10th and 11th March 

Fact-checking: Challenges for Journalists 

Speakers and organization: Angeliki Monnier, Céline Ségur –  Université de Lorraine 

Divina Frau-Meigs, Joseph Beaudreau - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 

Location - Online 

This online seminar will tackle the challenges fact-checking raises for journalists. It will bring together specialists working on topics related to disinformation and the verification of truth. Presentations will focus on historical approaches and geopolitical stakes of fact-checking in Europe and the US (Divina Frau-Meigs, Joseph Beaudreau, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), audience perspectives (Angeliki Monnier, Céline Ségur, Université de Lorraine, France), pitfalls of fact-checking and stakes for journalists (Jérémie Nicey, Laurent Bigot, Université de Tours, France), controversies in the media and lessons to be learnt (François Allard-Huver, Université de Lorraine), trends and fact-checking monitoring in Europe, as well as opportunities for researchers and practitioners (Maria Giovanna Sessa, EU DisinfoLab). The workshop is mainly intended for journalists, students in journalism and those interested in journalism and the verification of information. Each conference will not exceed 45min, and will be followed by a 30-min discussion with participants.

4th and 5th April 

Digital Fact-checking 

Speaker and organization: Catherine Sotirakou - University of Athens 

Location – Online 

The workshop will introduce several fact-checking techniques to the participants, with an emphasis on digital open-source software. Firstly, we will talk about how to effectively use search engines and perform advanced searches on online databases. We will move on to focus on how to examine web-based content, social media posts, and digital photographs to verify the truthfulness of the information provided. Furthermore, we will explore the most significant fact-checking websites and tools available to journalists.

3th and 4th May 

The Legal Responses to the Disinformation Crisis

Speaker and organization: Mark Leiser - University of Leiden 

Location – Online & University of Leiden 

Research Workshop on Disinformation and Fact-checking that will make up part of our Erasmus grant won a couple of years ago. Theme: The Legal Responses to the Disinformation Crisis This event will take place at Leiden University (and online) from 3-4 May.

3rd June
Digital communication and social media

Speaker and organization
- Andreia Teles Vieira – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Universidade de Aveiro
This workshop proposes a hands-on methodology on different case studies that allows the participants to improve their skills in the digital communication work environment. All media see the work of a social media manager as fundamental for reaching and forming the opinion of their audience. We will present contents that allow the understanding and critical analysis of the main concepts and their evolution supported by real and concrete examples. Some topics that we will discuss: social Media and social Networks, design of digital marketing campaigns on social networks, analysis of social network metrics.

21st and 22nd June 

Online Civics for Fact-checking 

Speaker and organization: Mari Maasilta - University of Lapland 

Location – Lisbon, Portugal

The workshop develops participants' understanding of online civics and digital citizenship as the key concepts forming the base for fact-checking practices. Participants of the workshop will learn the basic concepts of disinformation and practice the tools for fact-checking for the needs of digital citizenship. The workshop is aimed at whomever interested in developing skills in digital literacy.