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Mainstream conducted master class on facts checking for journalists

09.02.2015

Margo Gontar, co-founder of StopFake project, and Sevgil Musaieva-Borovyk, editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda online version, shared their experience in struggling against untrue information and facts checking methods in journalism.

Sevgil Musaieva-Borovyk paid special attention to facts checking in investigative journalism. “Investigative journalism has significant influence and incites fear of those, whose schemes will be made public and whose stories will be revealed eventually”, she said.

“Technical facilities – from programs that define use of graph editors in images to use of ordinary search engine – can be of help when separating truth from disinformation. However, in case of more sophisticated examples of untrue news pieces one should keep eyes open, paying attention to numerous components: “How the heading is written?”, “Who comments on the occasion?”, “What do eyewitnesses say?”, “Are there emotions in material feed?”, “Is there a special terminology, which may scare away readers or viewers?”, and many other aspects. But the main thing is to treat skeptically any information that surrounds us today. And to ask yourself at once, who stands to profit from it,” commented Margo Gontar.

More than 20 representatives of mass media and business attended the master class. During the hands-on part, participants created false pieces of news and learned to detect imperfect figures, groundless conclusions and other disinformation on their own.

Notes to Editors:

“Prize of Business Circles “PRESSzvanie” is an annual international Contest of Business Journalists, where juries – business leaders and editors of leading business media – estimate work of journalists and editors of business print, online media and news agencies as well as independent business journalists through an interactive voting system on the Contest’s website www.presszvanie.ua in real time.