The course discusses the importance and the methods of verifying evidence in investigative journalism using social media tools. It will introduce some good and bad examples with interactive exercises and some cases of investigating disinformation actors and propaganda
Attila Bátorfy is an award-winning data and visual journalist currently working as a master's instructor at the Media and Communications Department of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. He was head of data at the investigative center Átlátszó for six years and he was a team member of cross-border investigations organized by OCCRP, VSquare, and IJ4EU.
Eva Vajda is a former award-winning investigative reporter based in London, UK. Currently, she works for Amnesty International as a researcher. Previously, she worked as an investigative reporter in Hungary for almost 2 decades, covering corruption, wrongdoings, and misuse of power. She also managed media projects with different NGO-s, including OSF, Transparency International, and HCLU (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union), and participated in cross-border projects as well. She has solid teaching and training experience; she taught journalism in Budapest at Eötvös Lóránd University for 11 years and ran workshops and training in the CEE countries, and in the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Balkan.
The Cross-Border Local initiative offers grants to journalists interested in local, cross-border investigative journalism; training and mentoring in various aspects of investigative journalism; and a mini-MBA for local news media executives.