15 Nov 2013
In an exciting development for Meedan's Checkdesk project, we are proud to announce that Meedan - along with key partner Birmingham City University - are working with the Lebanese American University's Investigative Journalism course to launch an innovative new curriculum centered around in-depth reporting using fact checked digital media.
Over the coming semester, journalism students on LAU's Investigative Journalism course will use Checkdesk as their main workbench for gathering sources, fact-checking media, and publishing their stories as part of the LAU newspaper The Tribune. Led by faculty member Dr Yasmine Dabbous, the students have also received training from BCU's Dr Dima Saber and Meedani Maya Zankoul, and are soon to meet Meedan Senior Program Manager Dina ElHawary.
As we continue our ongoing partnerships with mainstream media outlets such as Al-Masry Al-Youm, Ma'an and Annahar, and more localized media collectives such as 7iber and Welad El Balad Media Services, partnering with J-schools marks the next logical step in expanding our project activities. Through this partnership we hope to use Checkdesk as an educational tool to train a new generation of digital-savvy journalists that can use the latest techniques in verifying online media to tell deep and accurate stories about their societies.