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The CAJ launches new national misinformation training series for post-secondary students

TorontoAnd December 20 2021 / CNW / – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce the launch of Misinfo 101, a series of national training workshops designed to help Canadian post-secondary students identify disinformation and disinformation.

The first session in the series will take place on January 20 Taught by ProPublica Craig Silvermanin partnership with Seneca College. The session will be open to all post-secondary students who live there Ontario. You can register for this first session here.

While CAJ hopes that future sessions will be able to be held in person, we are adhering to public health restrictions and are holding sessions roughly until future notice.

“CAJ kicks off our national training series ‘with a hit’ by welcoming one of the world’s leading experts on misinformation,” said CAJ President. Brent Jolie.

“This series of workshops is timely because the spread of misinformation is a global problem that has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians must not lull themselves into a false sense of security that they are somehow immune to the ‘information disorder’ currently sweeping the world. We must remain vigilant. Consistently – and a key part of doing so is ensuring that our digital literacy skills are integrated into best practices.”

CAJ is pleased that some Canada Leading investigative journalists, fact-checkers and researchers developed the workshop curriculum. Training courses will be held in 13 provinces and territories across Canada this year.

Local instructors from Radio Canada, ProPublica, King’s College, and CBC have signed on to lead the courses from coast to coast to coast.

“As our online environments become increasingly complex and complex, these courses will provide students with tools, resources, and practical advice to help them identify and clearly report misinformation, and find reliable information,” Jolly said.

For full series details, including local coach bios, list of cities and dates, and other resources, please click here: caj.ca/misinfo101

The CAJ Misinformation Training Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

About CAJ

The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization with more than 1,100 members Canada. The primary roles of the CAJ are the advocacy work for the public interest and the professional development of its members.

SOURCE Canadian Journalists Association

For more information: Brent Jolly, CAJ President, [email protected]; Jessica Patterson, Research Assistant, [email protected]

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