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Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students

Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!

Date: March 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018
Location: Czech Republic

Learn the Latest Tools and Tactics for Identifying Fake News and Propaganda From Top Experts in the Field.

Transitions (TOL), a Prague-based journalism trainer and publisher, is seeking participants for a semester-long course in information verification starting in March 2018 and lasting through June. The course will provide future reporters, researchers, and other relevant practitioners with the means to effectively recognize propaganda and expose inaccuracies through training in the latest online tools and techniques. Participants will also gain a background in the roots of disinformation and how it works.

Top local and foreign instructors will lead a 3-day intensive workshop and 5 sessions of an online course. The most motivated participants will also get a chance to apply for a 7-day intensive bootcamp on coding, data visualisation, and social network analysis. The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees.

Participants will be required to attend all parts of the workshop.

Applicants must be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, or international relations. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.

If you have any questions, please email Jaroslav Valuch at

Submit your applications here. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

Partners for the project include: the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague; the Media Studies and Journalism Department at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University; and the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University.

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