A Private Affair: Chat Apps and Journalism: Dow Jones - TruthBuzz Webinar:

Thursday August 22, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT

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Recent election campaigns in Brazil and India included extensive use of WhatsApp and other private messaging platforms to spread rumors and false information to the millions of users of these platforms.

Journalists worldwide can click this link to join a free webinar to hear insights from Tai Nalon, director of Aos Fatos in Brazil and Shalini Joshi, who works on the TruthBuzz program for the India-based PROTO, on their experiences researching the nature and spread of misinformation.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 22 at 9 a.m. EDT, and will be streamed simultaneously on the IJNet Facebook page. Nalon and Joshi’s experiences raise questions that can inspire interdisciplinary and human-centered solutions:

  • How should newsrooms take messaging apps into account in their daily work?
  • How can journalists mitigate risk when working with these platforms?
  • How can journalists scale their efforts to reach larger and more diverse audiences?
  • What ethical and privacy concerns should journalists have when using these platforms?

Please register for the webinar using this form. Registered participants will receive a reminder email as well as a link to a video recording of the webinar when it becomes available.

This webinar is the first in a series of ICFJ Dow Jones TruthBuzz Webinars. Please join us on September 26 and October 24 for additional webinars with journalists from around the world, discussing collaboration across newsrooms to combat misinformation and creating compelling videos to maximize the impact of fact-checking articles.