Chernivtsi high school students learn the basic rules of information hygiene

More and more high school students are joining the “House of Memory” project at the Museum of the History and Culture of Bukovinian Jews. On June 1, the fifth workshop on “Discrimination, Hate Speech, and Fake News in the Media” was held. Sixteen students from Lyceums No. 7 and 22 participated.

The class topic was extremely relevant to the young audience. They were particularly interested in the presentation on fakes on social media offered by Liliia Shutiak, a lecturer and Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. The students had the opportunity to discover more about why fakes are created, how they distort our knowledge of reality, and how they affect society. During the full-scale invasion, many of them experienced the impact of false information and how russian propaganda substitutes concepts for manipulative purposes. It was noticeable that the younger generation perceives information more critically, which was demonstrated primarily during practical exercises to identify fakes. The ability to notice details, check sources of information, and distrust emotive vocabulary and dubious websites were the main rules of information hygiene discussed during the workshop.

The discussion on media objectivity and bias was equally engaging. It turned out that high school students are generally quite aware that the subject matter and nature of the content depends on who owns a particular mass media organization and they thus advocate for diversification of the media services market.

The workshop participants had the opportunity to become acquainted with the practical aspects of news production during a visit to the TVA channel editorial office. During the conversation with journalists and channel management, the students learned how regional television works, who checks information and is responsible for its accuracy, what challenges journalists face with the outbreak of the war, and how to counteract disinformation. The students were eager to try their hands as anchors and had the opportunity to read the news from the studio prompter.

The one-day workshop ended with the traditional presentation of certificates to its participants.