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Workshop on ‘Fake News Detection’ held at KU’s MERC

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Srinagar: Media Education Research Centre (MERC) of the University of Kashmir (KU) Monday organised a one-day workshop on ‘Social Media Verification’ and ‘Fake News Detection’ in collaboration with the Google News Initiative (GNI).
Google-certified trainer, Faisul Yaseen carried the proceedings of the workshop, which was held as part of the MERC’s interface with industry.
While the originators of the fake news did not bother about the authenticity and credibility, Yaseen said that journalists needed to stand guard to professional ethics.
Stressing upon the practising journalists to make use of the readily available tools to detect fake news, he appreciated the efforts of MERC for providing opportunities to budding journalists to equip them appropriately.
Speaking on the occasion, senior faculty member, Nasir Mirza shared his views on the subject.
“The role played by responsible media persons assumes more significance today because only trained professionals using the available tools can differentiate between the real and fake news, and disseminate factual and credible information to the masses,” Mirza said.
A practical session was held on the occasion in the computer lab of the department where the students detected fake photos and videos.
Yaseen also briefed the students about the digital safety and data hygiene following which an engaging question-answer session was held.
Head MERC, Dr Aaliya Ahmad said the workshop was organised to sensitise the journalism students about the tools available to detect fake news.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included faculty MERC Dr Sabeha Mufti, Dr Malik Zahra, Dr Syeda Afshana, Dr Muslim Jan and Dr Afsana Rashid.

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