Training for journalists:Practical Skills for Identifying and Combating Disinformation

Podgorica, 19. september 2019 - A two-day training is being organized by the Media Institute of Montenegro with media representatives (editors and journalists) with the aim of acquiring the skills to recognize and combat disinformation.
16 participants representatives of national and local media from Montenegro (MINA, RTCG, Vijesti, FOS Medija, Dnevne novine, RTV Budva, Radio Berane) will gain practical experience in identifying disinformation networks in the local media environment through training sessions, finding the original source of a claim, quote, or news, identifying fake accounts on social media, verifying the accuracy of videos and images, and reporting misinformation without duplicating it.

In the first part of the session, expert for disinformation Donara Barojan addressed the main terminological differences between the terms: disinformation, misinformation, propaganda and fake news. Donara pointed out that disinformation had always been present in media, but with the increased use of the Internet, the media environment had changed significantly and posed challenges for journalists - the so-called toxic information environment. In the continuation of training more attention was gave on specific monitoring tools (Buzzsumo, Feedly, CrowdTangle) that journalists can use to verify and identify the original source of a quote, image or video.

The training was organized as part of the project "Promoting Media and Information Literacy and Strengthening Independence of Media in the Western Balkans", implemented by the Montenegro Media Institute with Albany Associates from London, in partnership with regional media development organizations in the Western Balkans.

Project is implemented with the financial support of the Foreign Commonwealth Office.