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AUC-UNESCO Series: Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content

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Virtual FakeNews UNESCO WHO COVID19 AdhamCenter

Wed, 21 Oct 2020

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT+2)

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The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism is continuing its collaborative project with UNESCO, WHO Eastern Mediterranean Office, and United Nations Information Center Cairo Office, to host the 6th webinar in their series on misinformation, fake news and journalism in the time of COVID19.
This webinar titled, "Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content" is scheduled on Wednesday, October 21, from 3-5 pm Cairo time, and will address the importance of verifying sources and visual content amid the sheer volume of user-generated visual content uploaded to social media platforms during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the different types of common false or misleading visual content.

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Dina Abou Ghazala

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A media entrepreneur, a bilingual journalist and a diplomatic spouse.

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My career has spanned over three regions, taking me to Addis Ababa and London in addition to my hometown, Cairo.

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ICFG Knight Fellow

Executive director and editor for the international award-winning data journalism team, InfoTimes, and pioneered data-driven storytelling in the region.

Lecturer at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where I teach ‘Data for Media’. I am also a data consultant for the World Bank and contributes to the data literacy program in the MENA region. I have over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism (print, TV and online).

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