M100 Young European Journalists Workshop 2022
Journalistic impartiality in times of war – Dealing with Fake News and Disinformation
10 – 15 September 2022, Berlin & Potsdam
(Arrival 9 September, departure 16 September)
Fake news and disinformation have an impact on our society, our politics, our economy, on democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and on our security.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine, which was prepared long in advance by the Russian side through targeted false information which also plays a major role in the war, shows this in a particularly drastic way. Here, parallel to the military war with all its suffering and horror, a bitter information war is also being waged, a war for images, emotions, interpretive sovereignty and truth.
It makes clear how important it is to recognise, identify and combat fake news. How important and difficult thorough research is for journalists and media to be able to distinguish facts from fakes from the endless stream of information in the digital age.
In our six-day M100 Young European Journalists Seminar, which we are organising in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, we want to teach participants how to recognise fake news and how professional fact checkers and platforms like Facebook deal with the growing flood of false news and disinformation. How Fake News is dealt with during the war, how it is recognised and how it is combated and what is needed for this. What role traditional and social media play. What dynamics they develop and how journalists and fact-checkers in trouble spots and in various other countries in Europe deal with them.
In the European Year of Youth, the M100YEJ wants to contribute to making the opinion of young people from all over Europe (EU and Eastern Partnership countries) more heard, to support them in their professional development in the field of journalism, to provide them with new skills, to connect them with important key figures from the media industry across Europe and thus to improve their opportunities and career prospects.
A part of the workshop we want to dedicate to the topic of “mental health in journalism“. Because without mental fitness and mental strength, coping with the daily routine of journalism with its many responsibilities is almost impossible.
At the end of the workshop, the results will be summarised and presented at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium on 15 September in Potsdam by the M100YEJ participants.
Young journalists between 20 and 30 years old from Europe, including countries of the Eastern Partnership countries, can apply by submitting a text in English to one of the two following subjects:
● What are your experiences with fake news and disinformation in your daily work? How important is it in your editorial/journalistic work? Have you already had your own concrete experiences with fake news? If yes, which ones? What are the main causes of fake news and disinformation in your opinion and how could they be combated?
● Mental health has become more important in the last two, three years. How important is the topic for you personally? In your professional environment? What experiences have you had with it as a journalist? Should more attention be paid to the topic? If yes, why, if no, why not?
Application: Please send your text (max 6.000 characters including spaces), your CV (with your date of birth), as well as a short motivational statement, stating your reasons for applying for this particular workshop. Please send your application in one PDF file not larger than 2 MB. Only applications in English can be considered.
Please send your application by email by 3 July 2022, 00:00 a.m. (midnight) to application(at)m100potsdam.org.
We will inform you about our decision by 15 July latest.
M100 will cover the travel and accommodation expenses as well as meals on the day and help with the VISA facilitation.
The M100YEJ is an initiative of Potsdam Media International e.V. and is funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, amongst other.