AUC To Hold a Series of Webinars on Combatting Misinformation Regarding COVID-19

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Published September 15th, 2020 - 11:42 GMT
AUC To Hold a Series of Webinars on Combatting Misinformation Regarding COVID-19
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The American University in Cairo (AUC) will hold the first of a series of training webinars for media professionals on combatting misinformation and disinformation in the context of COVID-19.

The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at The American University in Cairo (AUC) will hold the first of a series of training webinars for media professionals on combatting misinformation and disinformation in the context of COVID-19. The training webinars will be held in collaboration with the United Nations, represented by UNESCO, WHO and The UN Information Centre in Cairo.

The series will be held weekly through September and October to address misinformation and disinformation during the COVID-19, a phenomenon which exacerbates the crisis. The whole world is working together to get through this pandemic and media professionals play an essential role in shaping the information ecology, the general debate and public awareness.

The virtual webinars feature a wide range of media and health communication experts in the Arab region and representatives from WHO and other international organizations. Sessions will be held on Wednesday every week from 3:00-5:00 pm Cairo Local Time (GMT +2) to address the following topics:

  1. Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why They Matter in the Time of COVID-19
  2. Thinking About Disinformation Disorder; Formats of Misinformation and Mal-information
  3. New Industry Transformation: Digital Technology, Social Media Platforms and the Spread of Disinformation and Misinformation
  4. Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation through Media Information Literacy
  5. Fact Checking
  6. Social Media Verification: Addressing Sources and Visual Content
  7. Ensuring Journalists Safety When Reporting on COVID-19
  8. Final Discussion: Developing a Unified Action to Address COVID-19

The first webinar: “Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why They matter in the Time of COVID-19?” will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 3:00 pm.

Panelists are Shereen Sherif, radio programs/podcast producer and presenter, BBC Arabic, London, UK; Madhi Al Khamees, secretary-general, Arab Media Forum, Kuwait; Essam Nasr Selim, associate professor and acting dean, College of Communication, University of Sharjah, UAE; and Dalia Samhouri, manager, country preparedness and International Health Regulations- WHO EMRO. The session will be moderated by Hussein Amin, director of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, AUC. The webinar will be held in Arabic. Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be provided.

Background Information

American University of Cairo

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.

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