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Journalism, Fake News & Disinformation: Handbook for Journalism Education and Training
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2018 | 128 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-100281-6 (eng); ISBN 978-92-3-200195-5 (fre); ISBN 978-92-3-300131-2 (spa); ISBN 978-92-3-400027-7 (rus); ISBN 978-92-3-600092-3 (ara)
Julie Posetti; Cherilyn Ireton; Claire Wardle; Hossein Derakhshan; Alice Matthews; Magda Abu-Fadil; Tom Trewinnard; Fergus Bell; Alexios Mantzarlis
Corporate author: 
© UNESCO 2018

This handbook seeks to provide an internationally-relevant model curriculum, open to adoption or adaptation, which responds to the emerging global problem of disinformation that confronts societies in general, and journalism in particular. Serving as a model curriculum, the publication is designed to give journalism educators and trainers a framework and lessons to help students and practitioners of journalism to navigate the issues associated with ‘fake news’.

The contents draw together the input of leading international journalism educators, researchers and thinkers who are helping to update journalism method and practice to deal with the challenges of misinformation and disinformation. The lessons are contextual, theoretical and in the case of online verification, extremely practical. Used together as a course, or independently, they can help refresh existing teaching modules or create new offerings.

It is part of the “Global Initiative for Excellence in Journalism Education”, which is a focus of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The Initiative seeks to engage with teaching, practising and researching of journalism from a global perspective, including sharing international good practices.


Resource Type: 
Toolkits and practical guides
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media and Information Literacy
Human rights / Human dignity
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Non-formal education


Journalism; Information disorder; Misinformation; Social media; Media literary; Information literacy; MIL