Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students

Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!

Date: February 13, 2017 – May 16, 2017
Location: Prague, Brno, and Olomouc - Czech Republic

Please note that this course is limited to Czech journalism students. 

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 February 2017 and lasting through mid-May. The course will provide future reporters 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 three workshops throughout the semester (Prague 13-14 February, Olomouc 27-28 April and Brno 12-13 May) and an online courses – March 8th, March 15th, March 23th, April 3rd, April 10th, April 18th, May 4th, May 11th and June 7th from 6pm. TOL will cover all travel expenses for all attendees.

Participants will be required to attend all three workshops, as well as take the online course, which will require approximately two hours per week in terms of commitment and include several assignments to complete at home. The first workshop will take place in Prague on 13-14 February.

Applicants must be second- or third-year undergraduates, either in a journalism program or having shown a strong interest in the profession. 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

Venue in Prague: Smetanovo nabrezi 6 (room 115)

Venue in Olomouc: Třída Svobody 26 (room 2.09)

Venue in Brno: Jostova 10 (room AVC 5.34)

Partners for the project include First Draft; 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.