“Every journalist in the world must become a disinformation reporter”, said president of the International Center for Journalists, Sharon Moshavi, when the organization launched project Disarming Disinformation. Journalists, media researchers and university students will join forces to fight disinformation in a new three-year global program led by ICFJ with the support of the Scripps Howard Foundation.
“The USD 3.8 million initiative called Disarming Disinformation will help journalists produce investigative reporting to identify and debunk falsehoods and to ferret out the shadow figures behind disinformation campaigns”, ICFJ said.
“Journalists in the program will pioneer innovative techniques to reach audiences targeted by these campaigns, as an antidote to the contaminated information environment that threatens democracies everywhere.”
“From Russia’s war on Ukraine to the global COVID-19 pandemic to assaults on democracy in the United States and elsewhere, we’ve seen how these lies can have fatal results,” Moshavi said.
The program will be run under the auspices of ICFJ’s Pamela Howard Forum on Global Crisis Reporting that provides 13,000 journalists with training, grants and other support.
The Disarming Disinformation program:
- Thousands of journalists and journalism students will receive training on topics such as fact-checking, verification and digital security.
- Reporting grants for cross-border investigative projects.
- Develop new techniques for audience engagement to reach those most likely to believe disinformation.
- An ICFJ Knight Fellow with expertise in fighting disinformation will lead a train-the-trainers component to multiply the program’s impact.