September 25-October 6:  International Reporting Tour for 24 foreign journalists on combatting fake news and misinformation commenced in Washington DC. Appointments included discussion with the Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs on their role of engagement with international media and the support of accuracy in reporting; the Pew Research Center on the news media landscape in the digital age, the Global Engagement Center and their work to counter propaganda and terrorist organizations; the News Literacy Project and its mission to educate the public on identifying fake news, the Newseum for a workshop on combating fake news for journalists; the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab that tracks and holds accountable postings on social media that are disingenuous, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker to learn their methodology in checking the validity of statements made by politicians; Politifact and their work with the Poynter Institute on fact checking in politics; and the Heritage Foundation to discuss the rights and protections afforded to journalists in the United States under the U.S. Constitution. The tour continued to Philadelphia and New York City where the journalists were briefed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and renowned experts at Temple University’s Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL),, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.  They also heard from Dr. Jim McGannn, from UPenn’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies program about modern disruptions affecting journalism and think tanks.  Later, they observed an after-school workshop at Mighty Writers, a non-profit using the News Literacy Project’s Checkology software to teach students to be more astute readers of news and online material.  The associate news director from FOX 29, Philadelphia’s local affiliate, discussed how they make sure that breaking-news coverage is reliable and accurate.  In New York City, the journalists were briefed by D/SPOX and the USUN PAO on how USUN engages with foreign media.  They finished their tour with briefings from Bloomberg News, Committee to Protect Journalists, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

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