Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students

Become a Digital Sherlock

Date: June 28, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: Hotel Olšanka, Prague, Czech Republic

Learn the latest tools and tactics for digital investigations and hoax busting from top experts in the field.

Get essential professional skills that are currently desperately needed in domestic and international newsrooms and by other teams working on an analysis of online trends and behaviour.

Meet the digital Sherlocks who tracked down people responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine. By using online accessible information, such as geolocation, Instagram and discussion forums of Russian soldiers’ girlfriends and wives, they have already made things difficult both for the Kremlin and the Islamic state. Although the so-called “fake news” has become today’s mantra, effective defense exists in form of quality journalism and commitment.

Transitions (TOL), a Prague-based journalism trainer and publisher, is seeking participants for a course in information verification starting in June 2019 and lasting through December.

Through training in the latest online tools and techniques, the course will provide future reporters, researchers, and other relevant practitioners with the means to effectively lead investigations in the digital space, recognize and effectively counter disinformation and propaganda and to expose inaccuracies.

Top local and foreign instructors will lead a 3-day intensive workshop and 3 sessions of an online course. First stage will be happening between 28 and 30 June 2019. Participants will be required to attend all parts of the workshop including the online second stage.

First stage

When: 28 – 30 June 2019

Where: Hotel Olšanka, Prague

Cost: The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees.


Applicants should be preferably from journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, library and information sciences, international relations or other. But that is not compulsory, the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice.

Good English language skills is a requirement.

To register, fill this form until 31 May.

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Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.