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Journalistic responsibility in times of crises: the challenge of fact-checking

kitchen talk #14 11/11/2021 (3:30 p.m. CET)

In cases of (inter-)national emergencies, the role of journalists is as challenging as it is decisive. How can they fulfill their responsibility to provide the public with correct information? The rising volume of disinformation shared on social media in recent years has drastically increased the need for fact-checking journalism. Fact-checking is done to verify or disprove assertions made in speech, print media or online content. How can journalists use this method to promote accountability, challenge misinformation, and foster media literacy in times of turmoil? In this kitchen talk, we will discuss the potential of this practice in light of the current situation in the Caucasus region, with expert views from Germany and Armenia.

With Gegham Vardanyan, fact-checking specialist at Media Initiatives Center (Armenia) and Silvia Stöber, freelancing journalist and fact-checking specialist for Tagesschau (Germany).


3.15 PM (CET) - Informal tea time: Join us for a first get to know!
3.30 PM (CET) - Public discussion & streaming
4.30PM (CET) - Informal networking: Let’s stay together for another chat & drink (open end)

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The idea of kitchen talks

Our ​​online kitchen talks originates from the offline kitchen talks that have become a tradition of our international media conferences that took place every year in a different European country before the pandemic: local journalists invite their international colleagues to their homes to talk about life, politics and similarly important things with a bottle of wine or beer.

In the online version, we basically follow the same scheme. It is a distinct informal setting where one of our members invites us to their kitchen via Zoom and moderates 60 min of public discussion around one topic. This part is also streamed on our Facebook page. Two or three guests from different countries - usually journalists working around the topic - give short inputs and answer questions.

After one hour we end the Facebook stream and the Zoom-participants continue for 30 minutes with an informal but structured networking sessions where memebers of out network have an oportunity to exchange with other persons working around the same topic.

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