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Fact-checking and fighting fake news

Information spread on social networks jeopardises social cohesion and community life. Knowing how to detect and combat them is an essential skill for journalists and all those involved in civil society.

Formation fact-checking et lutte contre les fake news

Social networks have become an essential forum for information and debate, but they have also become a breeding ground for “fake news” – deliberately misleading information that is spreading at breakneck speed.
Faced with this phenomenon, it is crucial for journalists, civil society stakeholders and the general public to know how to identify and avoid these information traps.

You are
  • Media or communications professional in Africa.
  • Professionals working for non-governmental organisations or international organisations in Africa.
  • Stakeholder in civil society in Africa
On completion of the course, you will be able to
  • Understanding fake news (origin, spread, reception)
  • Using online research tools effectively
  • How to check information on social networks
  • How to check still images
  • How to check videos
  • Finding relevant sources
  • Creating an effective monitoring system
  • Communicating effectively about debunking fake news
Teaching method: action training

Formation fact-cheking et lutte contre les fake news en Afrique

This course is based on short explanatory sequences and long sequences devoted to exercises based on real examples of fake news. These exercises are then corrected collectively.
For this reason, we limit the number of participants per session to around ten.


Module 1 – Understanding fake news and finding the right information

  • Introduction
  • What is fake news?
    • Disinformation: false information deliberately created to harm a person, a social group, an organisation or a country
    • Misinformation: information that is false but not created with the intention of causing harm
    • Bad information: Information based on reality, used to inflict harm on a person, a social group, an organisation or a country.
  • Why and how fake news spreads
  • Review of examples of fake news submitted by participants
  • Conducting an effective search for information online

Module 2 – Mastering verification tools, techniques and methods

  • Setting up an effective information watch
    • Tools
    • Techniques
    • Methods
  • Checking online photos
    • Tools
    • Techniques
    • Methods
  • Check online videos
    • Tools
    • Technical
    • Methods

Module 3 – Producing fact-checking content

  • Sharing the results of debunking fake news
    • the keys to reception
    • cognitive biases
    • Algorithm bias
  • Fact-checking content production exercises
  • Review of the key training points
Equipment required

For this training, each participant must be equipped with a computer or tablet and the training room must have an internet connection as well as a video projector.
At your request, we can find a suitable training room in the city of your choice in Africa.

Training certificate

At the end of the session, Samsa Africa issues a training certificate to participants who have successfully completed the various exercises proposed during the course.

Dates & places

Our trainers

Our trainers are seasoned professionals, mainly journalists based in Africa or Europe, with extensive experience of working and living conditions on the continent.