Does rampant misinformation and disinformation (sometimes known as “fake news”) bother you? Do you care for trust in news and worry when people around you believe and share unverified information? Do you want to help them navigate the maze of online information? If yes, then here’s your chance to make a unique contribution to promoting the truth.
FactShala is a news and information literacy programme launched in India by Internews with support from a $1,000,000 Google.org grant and the Google News Initiative. Internews will run the program in collaboration with DataLeads.
FactShala is inviting interested journalists, fact-checkers, media faculty members, academics and civil society thought leaders to sign-up to become trainers in the programme and be part of the biggest network of media literacy educators in the country – aka the #JustFacts Task Force!
As FactShala’s ambassadors and trainers, you will work with us over the course of the next year and help adults in non-metro cities and villages across India learn how to sift facts from the sea of online misinformation and help them understand better the nature and characteristics of content published online. The goal is to make sure people in India are getting truthful and useful information.
250 selected applicants will be trained by our program and experts on how to make the audience mentioned above be aware before they share and evaluate online information like a pro. We’ll ensure you have all the skills and resources needed to to be the “fake news” police in your circle and beyond!
Each selected trainer will be required to reach at least 200 people in and around their city and pass on the knowledge they’ve received. They will get ongoing mentorship from experts, and will be entitled to a stipend/honorarium for workshops they organise.
(We are keeping a close watch on the Covid-19 situation and will announce dates and medium for trainer bootcamps accordingly.)
If you are passionate about fighting mis/disinformation and are committed to help those in your circle and beyond, we are looking for you!
- The ideal candidate will be a journalist, fact-checker, media faculty member, academic, or civil society leader residing in a Tier 2 or 3 city.
- You should be willing to arrange fun learning and training sessions for at least 200 people in your city and in nearby villages.
- You need to be committed to be an active member of this task force for at least one year and be generous with helping colleagues achieve the programme goal.
- Those with training, media literacy and fact-checking experience will be given preference, as will those who work with this target audience as part of their daily work.
- You will also have an edge if you are someone with a bold idea to achieve the programme goal –you will have to convey that to us in the application form.
- You must possess working knowledge of English and at least one other Indian language that you can conduct training in.
Apply here: Sign-up Form For Trainers
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