Fighting disinformation and fake news: that’s the goal of this training the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec wants to offer Secondary Cycle Two students.
There has always been fake news, you will say, but the phenomenon has expanded since the arrival of the Web and social media. The term “fake news” existed before, but the election of President Donald Trump in the U.S. popularized the term, as he uses it a lot to label news he doesn’t like. It is normal that great confusion set in and that many people have more and more difficulty telling true from false in all the information circulating.
This information therefore is intended to give students the reflexes to identify fake news and better understand the impact this phenomenon can have on society. We want to help forge their ability to think critically, no matter what the medium of information used. We have therefore prepared an educational tool for presentation to students, containing some examples that could interest them. We have focused on information they can find on the Web, since several surveys show that this is their primary source of information.
Parallel to this training on fake news, the FPJQ always wants to raise students’ awareness about the role of a responsible press. The journalists who will visit the schools are invited to talk about their work and the principles that guide them daily in gathering information: fact checking, credible sources, public interest, balance, impartiality. In short, explain to the students what a journalist’s work involves.
Good luck with your training!!
Former News Director of ICI Première
Course lecturer at the Université de Montréal