OCCRP specialists conducted “Fact Checking During Elections” training course in Yerevan


On November 10-11 Public Journalism Club jointly with Media Initiatives Center organized a training course for journalists on Fact Checking During Elections.

The training course was conduted by OCCRP regional editors Jody McPhillips and Dave Bloss, media expert Samvel Martirosyan and Hetq Online journalist Hrant Martirosyan who is specialized in fact checking.

The training course was attended by representatives from Mediamax, Armenpress, Aravot, Ampop Media Մեդիա, Infographics.am, politica.am and independent journalists.

During the training the fact checking difficulties of online information in the election period, OCCRP and Hetq Online fact checking standards as well as the fact checking system experience in Georgia were presented.

The participants and the experts analyzed Armenian media publications and discussed the necessity and possibilities of fact checking and system in their organizations.

“In spite of the differences between our and foreign media we were trying to find common traits and figure out the specifics of the fact checking method here,” said Gayane Yenokyan from Mediamax agency.

“Nowadays in the Armenian media a lot many so called news resources are involved. In this context the fact checking is crucial”, notes Sedrak Mkrtchyan, visualization specialist and founder of infographics.am.

The training course is held within the frameworks of Public Journalism Club NGO’s “Establishing Fact Checking Network and Media Initiatives Center’s “Media for Informed Civic Engagement” projects.

Establishing Fact Checking Network” project is funded by the US German Marshal Fund’s Black Sea Trust project as well by the by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development within the frameworks of Media for Citizens’ Informed Participation project.  

The project is aimed at promoting the fact checking culture in the Armenian media for accurate, impartial and balanced presentation of journalistic material as well as  boosting fact checking skills of media representatives thus minimizing the risk of disinformation and public misinterpretation and raising public awareness.  




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