May 20 & 27 – Aveiro

The role of social media in our current society and the dominant presence of fake news in these formats makes it one of the most crucial issues in our communication landscape, Our workshop will introduce some core concepts and how social media can be used. Also, a more practical approach will be followed through the analysis of case studies and group discussions. Business Models for media companies are increasingly significant to media’s survival and independence, ensuring that it retains its capacity and reputation as a trustworthy source of information. Our workshop will explore some of these business models and how they can be applied to our current media landscape. 

Digital Fact-checking

April 4 & 5

The workshop will introduce several fact-checking techniques to the participants, with an emphasis on digital open-source software. Firstly, we will talk about how to effectively use search engines and perform advanced searches on online databases. We will move on to focus on how to examine web-based content, social media posts, and digital photographs to verify the truthfulness of the information provided. Furthermore, we will explore the most significant fact-checking websites and tools available to journalists.

Format: Online

Language: English

Moderation: Portuguese Publishers Association

O workshop apresentará várias técnicas de verificação de fatos aos participantes, com ênfase no software digital de código aberto. Em primeiro lugar, falaremos sobre como usar efetivamente os mecanismos de pesquisa e realizar pesquisas avançadas em bancos de dados online. Adicionalmente será explicado como examinar o conteúdo criado para a web, publicações nas redes sociais e fotografias digitais para verificar a veracidade das informações fornecidas. Além disso, exploraremos os sites e ferramentas de verificação de fatos mais significativos disponíveis para jornalistas.

FACT-CHECKING: CHALLENGES FOR JOURNALISTS

March 10 & 11

This online seminar will tackle the challenges fact-checking raises for journalists. It will bring together specialists working on topics related to disinformation and the verification of truth. Presentations will focus on historical approaches and geopolitical stakes of fact-checking in Europe and the US (Divina Frau-Meigs, Joseph Beaudreau, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), audience perspectives (Angeliki Monnier, Céline Ségur, Université de Lorraine, France), pitfalls of fact-checking and stakes for journalists (Jérémie Nicey, Laurent Bigot, Université de Tours, France), controversies in the media and lessons to be learnt (François Allard-Huver, Université de Lorraine), trends and fact-checking monitoring in Europe, as well as opportunities for researchers and practitioners (Maria Giovanna Sessa, EU DisinfoLab). The workshop is mainly intended for journalists, students in journalism and those interested in journalism and the verification of information. Each conference will not exceed 45min, and will be followed by a 30-min discussion with participants. Working language: English.

Format: Online

Language: English

Moderation: Portuguese Publishers Association

A desinformação é uma ameaça à democracia, à sociedade, à economia e aos indivíduos. A desinformação coloca em risco a confiança do público nos meios de comunicação e coloca em perigo a liberdade de imprensa e a liberdade de expressão.

Para contribuir para a divulgação deste novo programa europeu, ao longo dos próximos meses, serão organizados workshops em que os nossos parceiros europeus apresentam os temas que serão estudados em profundidade nos vários módulos deste curso online.

O primeiro workshop realiza-se nos dias 25 e 26 de novembro nas instalações do Cenjor (Centro Protocolar de Formação Profissional para Jornalistas) e irá focar-se nos modelos de negócio dos media, em especial nos contextos digitais, e em que medida estes modelos são uma garantia de independência e de isenção da comunicação social.

Os restantes workshops serão organizados no primeiro semestre de 2022. Os temas tratados serão: redes sociais e notícias falsas, o papel dos influenciadores, tecnologias digitais avançadas e legislação europeia para combater a desinformação.


Disinformation is a threat to democracy, society, economy and individuals. Disinformation jeopardizes public confidence in the media and endangers press freedom and freedom of expression.

API has partnered with seven European universities in a project funded by the Erasmus+ program to provide visibility and combat the phenomenon of false news, contributing to the creation of a postgraduate program that will focus on areas where this topic has become relevant on an European level.

To contribute to the dissemination of this new European programme, over the next few months, workshops will be organized in which our European partners present the themes that will be studied in depth in the various modules of this online course.

The first workshop will take place on the 25th and 26th of November at the premises of Cenjor (Protocol Center for Professional Training for Journalists) and will focus on media business models, especially in digital contexts, and to what extent these models are a guarantee of the independence and impartiality of the media.

Further workshops will be organised in the first half of 2022. These will include: social networks and fake news, the role of influencers, advanced digital technologies, and European legislation to combat disinformation.

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