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Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students

Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!

Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018
Location: Czech Republic

Learn the Latest Tools and Tactics for Identifying Fake News, Disinformation, Propaganda, and Information Operations 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 analysis of online trends and behavior.

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.

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 recognize disinformation and propaganda and to expose inaccuracies. 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.

3-day workshop for students:

Charles University, Smetanovo nabrezi 6, Prague 1: March 12-14, 2018 (Mon-Wed)

Masaryk University, Joštova 10, 602 00 Brno: March 14-16, 2018 (Wed-Fri)

th online evening lectures (90 minutes) – 1 per week in April and May 2018 – (April 18th from 18:00 CET with Josef Šlerka, April 25th from 18:00 CET Craig Silverman.  May 2nd from 18:00 CET John V. Petrocelli, An Xiao Mina May 9th from 18:00 CET, Bill Adair May 23rd from 18:00 CET)

Coding Bootcamp (for selected participants):

June 25, 2018 –  July 1, 2018

Place to be specified

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. Only the top participants will be selected to attend the bootcamp.

Applicants should be preferably 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, 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. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.

The call is closed and if you have any questions, please email Jaroslav Valuch at

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.