Students showed how to debunk climate change disinformation

10 teams from four countries participated in the final stage of an international Fake News Challenge contest within the “Disinfo Academy” project. The students had to identify and debunk disinformation narratives related to climate change. In this way, they tested in practice the improved fact-checking methodology proposed in the project “Disinfo Academy”. The participants analysed publications by fact-checking organizations on climate change to isolate one particular disinformation narrative, explain it, and refute it. They had to do this using means and methods suitable for the youth audience – video, infographics, presentation, etc.

The 10 teams that passed a process of preselection presented their media products at the final of the competition. The event was broadcast live on Facebook on May 28, 2024.

Two teams from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania and one team from Koç University, Turkey, took the top three places. The winners were determined by an international jury composed of Raluca Silvia Ciochina, PhD (SNSPA, Romania), Lemi Baruh, PhD (Koç University, Turkey), Lejla Sinanović (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Georgy Marchev (Story Films, Bulgaria).

The international Disinfo Academy project, funded through the Erasmus+ programme, runs from 2022 to 2025. It is in partnership with universities and civil society organisations from Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Turkey. This project is dedicated to designing an innovative online fact-checking and information verification course for students and professionals in journalism and public communication.