What’s fake news?

Tubingen, Germany 2017: overview of the two-day workshop from Engage London’s Amelia Green (words) and Alun Macer-Wright (photos) who are both studying journalism at City, University of London.

Round up of fake news workshops and exploring Tubingen University in Germany from Engage London participants (c) Alun for Engage London

The participants at the workshop in Tübingen were students from each university and their partners. The number of students and partners varied depending on the institution but overall there were roughly 25 of us.

The topic of the Tübingen workshop was Fake News and its impact on the media in the current climate. There was a focus on Donald Trump, the different types of fake news, how people make a profit and how to identify fake news.

Tübingen University invited online blogger, Martin Giesler to lead the workshop. The two-day assignment began with a 20-30-minute presentation from Giesler, in which he explained the relevance of fake news, included news clips and made it clear what we would be working on.

The aim of the workshop was to work in groups of 3 or 4 and produce a 1 minute audio clip that could be used in a radio show on fake news. This radio show would be recorded on the final day with a select panel of volunteers from nearly all universities, their partners and Martin Giesler.

The groups we worked in to produce the audio clips were based on what sub-topics we were interested in regarding fake news (Trump, making a profit etc.). We were responsible for recording, editing and getting the clip to Giesler to use in the show. We all then had the opportunity to view the live broadcast.

At the end of the workshop, each university and partner gave a brief presentation detailing what their chosen workshop topic was and what we could expect from them. Furthermore, we had a brief discussion of what had been accomplished so far and what was to come. This included feedback on the workshop and an overall feeling that having an online page to communicate was more productive than having a quick, unprepared discussion. This was how the Facebook group became active, although has not really been used yet.

The trip allowed us to get to know all the other students and partners. We got to explore Tübingen, see how beautiful it is and visit the Christmas market. The evening meals and drinks provided a further opportunity to socialise with the whole group and meet some great people.

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