UNESCO – Courseware on Fact-Checking

Strengthening Media Fact Checking to Counter COVID-19 
Disinformation on Social Media Platforms in Eastern Africa.

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Training Resources for Participants

Week 1

Session 1 – Introduction to Misinformation | Introduction to Fact-Checking | Fact-Checking Criteria

Introduction to misinformation, fact-checking and fact-checking criteria,Learn about the claims that can be fact-checked, and the limits of a fact-checker

Date: 9 August 2021

Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge|PesaCheck | UNESCO Training

Introduction to Fact-Checking

Discussion | Debate – Importance of a Fact-Checking Network | Setting up a Fact-Checking Network.

Learn about the significance of being part of a fact-checking community, and what it takes to create an effective one.

QUIZ: Introduction to Fact-Checking (UNESCO)

Week 2

Session 2 – Introduction to Misinformation | Introduction to Fact-Checking | Fact-Checking Criteria

Learning to set up systems to fact-check health-related claims, especially around COVID-19 and vaccines.

Date: 12 August 2021

Slide Deck- Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge | PesaCheck | UNESCO Training

Fact-Checking COVID-19 Claims

Discussion | Debate – Misinformation sources

Learn about the significance of being part of a fact-checking community, and what it takes to create an effective one.

Slide Deck- Misinformation sources

Quiz – Fact-checking Covid-19 | Session 2

Week 3

Session 3 – The 5-Stage Fact-Checking Process

Learn about the thorough editorial process for a fact-checking organization.

Date: 16 August 2021

Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge | UNESCO Training

Finding Claims: The 5-Stage Fact-Checking Process

Discussion | Debate – What are the key issues relevant to media institutions in relation to tackling COVID-19 misinformation & disinfo

Discuss issues faced when tackling COVID-19 misinfo & disinfo

Slide Deck- CfA | PesaCheck | UNESCO Training | Introduction to Fact-Checking

QUIZ – The 5-Step Fact-Checking Process

Week 3

Session 4 – The Structure of Debunking Health Claims

Learn about the template to use in writing a health-related fact-check.

Date: 19 August 2021

Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge | UNESCO

Health Fact-Checks

Discussion | Debate – Fixing Information Disorder

Discuss whether it’s possible to completely eliminate false information from the public domain. What’ll it take, if the task is possible?

QUIZ: Fixing Information Disorder

Week 4

Session 5 : Tools for verifying Images, Videos and Audio

Learn about the tools one can use to fact-check claims made in images, videos and audio clips.

Date: 23 August, 2021

Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge | UNESCO

Tools for verifying Images, Videos and Audio

Discussion | Debate

Pre-bunking or debunking?: Discuss the best time to address misinformation. When is one likely to have the most impact? Which approach results in the least damage?

QUIZ: Tools for verifying Images, Videos and Audio

Session 6 : Introduction to disinformation campaigns, CIB and Influence Ops

Understanding disinformation campaigns and amplification strategies used by disinformation actors

Date: 26 August, 2021

Slide Deck- CfA | Knowledge | UNESCO

Introduction to Influence Operations

Discussion | Debate

Have you seen any instances of disinformation campaigns, CIB or Influence Ops related to Covid-19 in your country?

QUIZ: UNESCO | Introduction to disinformation campaigns, CIB and Influence Ops

Week 5

Session 7 : Introduction to Social Media Data Analysis; Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp & Telegram

Learning how to collect and analyse information from social media, for investigative storytelling.

Date: 30 August, 2021

Slide Deck- CfA iLAB | Knowledge | UNESCO

Social Media Data Analysis

Discussion / Debate

Which platform is more susceptible to Covid-19 mis/ disinformation in your country? Give Examples

QUIZ: UNESCO | Introduction to Social Media Data Analysis