Berlin is the first stop of the Read Twice pan-European educational project

30 young Eastern Europeans go to Berlin for anti-fake news training

30 young Eastern Europeans go to Berlin for anti-fake news training

The trip is part of the pan-European project Read Twice, which aims to share useful media know-how from West to East

As part of the European project Read Twice (R2), 30 young people from Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania will train to build up their capacity to counter fake news and disinformation. They will take part in a two-day training in Berlin on 27-28 February, organized by the German non-governmental organization Alliance 4 Europe, which has solid experience in the subject.

The participants are young media professionals, students of journalism, public relations, political science and other majors from different universities in their respective countries. Some of them are already working in the media, while others are about to start their professional career.

In Berlin, they will join the first step of the educational project which aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills and resilience of the young generation in Eastern Europe to counter digital propaganda and fake news.

Spreading best media practices through training and influence

The organizers have prepared a short but intense program packed with lectures by experts such as Julia Bayer and Tilman Mirass from Deutsche Welle, and representatives of the host organization. There will also be practical exercises to recognize the different techniques that are used in the digital space to create and spread disinformation.

On the second day of the training, the youth will have the unique opportunity to visit the offices of Der Spiegel, one of the most authoritative German journalistic publications.

After returning to their home countries, the students will in turn pass on the acquired knowledge to a wider audience. The idea here is to use the influencer effect because young people like to get new information and knowledge from other influential young people.

For this purpose, it is expected that seminars will be organized in universities in front of a wider audience, where each student will present what he or she has learned in their own way.

In addition to Alliance 4 Europe, the Read Twice (R2) project involves organizations from Bulgaria (Euro Advance), Portugal (Universidade Lusófona, the largest private university in that country, which will host a second such training in March), Romania (Se Poate, an NGO working in the field of youth and education) and Croatia (Udruga Echo, whose activity is the promotion of an active civil society).

Read Twice (R2) receives funding under Grant Agreement n. 101081326, from the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) program of the European Commission.



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