NOTE: This webinar includes Arabic and Russian interpretation.
The COVID-19 pandemic, already highly complex, is made even more difficult to report by the proliferation of misinformation about drugs, cures, death rates and more. Along with assertions that are simply false, information is spun or twisted in myriad ways.
Whether it’s unverified, misleading or false information -- distinctions made by Craig Silverman, one of the speakers in this webinar -- it is a major issue for public safety and trust, as well as for journalists. Reporters and their editors obviously have a responsibility to publish accurate information, but checking out misinformation is increasingly part of the investigative process and can take a reporter to a good story.
In this webinar two veteran journalists will share their tips and strategies for dealing with the flood of bad information.
- Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and one of the world's leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and media manipulation.
- Jose Antonio Lima has worked in media both in Brazil and internationally, and is now an assistant editor at Comprova, a nonprofit that brings together journalists from 28 media companies in Brazil to investigate misleading and false content.
This one-hour webinar is free and the fourteenth in a GIJN series, Investigating the Pandemic. Coming soon: following the pandemic money in Africa; and how to survive as a freelance journalist. Watch our Twitter feed @gijn and newsletter (https://buff.ly/2Mxiyoq) for future events.