DJMC holds workshop on Fact Checking with Aljazeera journalist


Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC), Government College for Women, M. A. Road, Srinagar organised a day-long workshop on ‘Fact Checking’ in collaboration with Google News Initiative (GNI) on September 16, 2022.

GNI certified trainer and noted journalist, Ms. Riffat Mohiddin was the resource person of the workshop which focused on topics related to visual verification. Ms. Riffat has worked with several national and international organizations and is currently multimedia producer with Al-Jazeera.

In her elaborate presentation, she spoke on issues like common climate change myths and misinformation peddled on social media. She also referred to legitimate sources for information and tools to address misinformation. She demonstrated the techniques to verify visual content using various tools including Reverse Image Search, InVID, Google Lens and Maps.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal, Prof. (Dr.) Ruhi Jan Kanth appreciated the efforts of the department for organizing such workshops.

Referring to the relevance of the theme, she said, “Fact Checking has emerged as an important theme because of the menace of fake news. Another major concern has been climate change and other environment related issues. I am glad this workshop is related to both these concerns.”

Earlier, Head, Department of Journalism, Dr. Suhail Ahmad introduced the theme and resource person for the workshop. Stating that journalism students need to be trained in differentiating authentic information from fake content, Dr. Suhail said the department organized similar workshops with Google News Initiative certified trainers in 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Ms. Beenish Ali presented formal vote of thanks on the occasion.

Google News Initiative has been conducting workshops for students and journalists across India to train them in verification of online content to counter fake news.

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