Disarming Disinformation

Disinformation is a rampant problem and can have terrible, even deadly, consequences. It’s time to turn the page, to support and amplify innovative strategies that can combat dangerous falsehoods. It's time to identify and reveal the networks behind viral pieces of false content, and to make sure the next generation is prepared to separate fact from fiction.

Disarming Disinformation is ICFJ's largest program addressing the information disorder we live in. It is a three-year global program supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation, an affiliate organization of the Scripps Howard Fund. Between 2022 and 2025, the program will invest $3.8 million on solutions that effectively push back against disinformation.

The program has a multidisciplinary approach, designed to engage journalists and journalism students but also teachers, researchers, social media strategists, digital influencers, developers and others who have been fighting mis/disinformation across the globe. It does so through many initiatives, such as in-person and online trainings, grants, project mentorship, in-depth research, newsroom embedment and a slew of resources, such as how-to guides.  

Disarming Disinformation is streamlined into three tracks: Investigative, Capacity Building and Research.


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Leveraging AI to Boost Efficiency and Innovation in the News

April 19, 2024

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) has generated excitement and fear alike within the news industry, prompting many to ponder what lies in store for journalism’s future.

If approached smartly and leveraged strategically, AI offers journalists and their outlets promising potential to boost efficiency and innovation.

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Guidance for Building Trust with the Communities You Serve

April 18, 2024

Trust in the media has fallen globally. 

Today on average, according to Reuters Institute’s 2023 Digital News Report, just four in 10 people say they trust news most of the time. Amid this decline, people are also more likely to avoid consuming news coverage.

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How to Take the News to Young People

April 2, 2024

Young people consume news coverage differently than older generations. Having grown up on social media, they are more likely to turn to social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram for their news.  

Tips for Building Networks to Reach Audiences and Drive Impact

March 25, 2024

The impact journalists can create in their communities is often dependent on how widely their reporting is consumed. 

In their efforts to gain traction that might spur positive change, journalists might not realize just how many of their colleagues are working on the very same issues in other communities or parts of the world. 

Program Dates:
9/1/2022 - 6/30/2025

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Paul Rothman
Senior Program Director

Julie Posetti
Deputy Vice President, Global Research

Juan Torres
Program Manager

Renata Salvini
MEL Specialist Consultant

Noelle Black
Finance and Logistics Assistant

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