On July 15 EEF and partners conducted "International Anti-Fake Forum: Conference-Workshop on media literacy and dialogue". The Forum which took place in Odesa is a part of the "Support of dialogue’s and media’s competences as a way to understanding in the Ukrainian society and beyond" project, which is implemented by EEF with the support of ChildFund Deutschland e.V. and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Forum brought together over 100 participants to discuss with young civil society leaders, teachers and journalists from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Germany the question of media competence as a tool to overcome stereotypes and build dialogue in society as well as to provide participants with new skills and practices which then will be disseminated among target groups, especially schoolchildren.
The first panel was devoted to the role of media in creating myths and stereotypes and approaches to overcome them. Our speakers were Vasily Riabchuk, chief editor of Espresso TV, Natalia Sokolenko, deputy chief editor of "Hromadske Radio" who in recent years, working in the newsrooms developed their own algorithms and recommendations as to what information and which sources should be trusted. There were many questions from participants and a lot of practical recommendations. The main findings of the panel were as follows: media and civil society need to work together to effectively form the information field.
Irina Nyehryeyeva, expert in monitoring and evaluation, InMind, Internews Network presented the latest research on media audiences in 2016. Alina Suhonyako, journalist and editor of StopFake initiative presented free tools which stopfake.org offers to identify fake. Oksana Voloshenyuk, Manager of Media-Educational Programm at Academy of Ukrainian Press, presented the resources already developed by the Academy in terms of media literacy.
International experts from Germany, Georgia, Moldova joined the second panel to share their experience of combating propaganda and fake and capacities media education and approaches to cover conflict situations in theie respective media. Our experts include Tamar Kintsurashvili, Chairman of the Development Fund Media (Georgia), Viorica Zacharias of the Independent Journalism Centre ( Moldova) and editor of the political and social news ZEIT ONLINE Dobbert Steffen from Germany.
In addition, the Forum participants got practical skills in creative workshops. The workshop for teachers was devoted to practical issues ob implementing a system of media education in schools and presented results how living and learning in a digital society affects education participants.
The most creative was the workshop where German experts have showed how to create short animated with software «Stop motion studio», which NGOs will now be able to use in promoting their projects. The third workshop on opportunities to attract media to prevent and resolve conflicts was held for NGOs by Inna Tereschenko, the mediator, the head of the Odessa regional center of mediation and leadership.