Online training on fake-news

International and local training for FACT Guardians is an important part of the project. The online workshops focus on knowledge transfer, integration of participants and building a network of fact-checkers. This activity will continue with aview to the 2024 European elections. The trainings are about practical media analysis and identifying fake news, masteringfact-checking techniques and becoming a credible guardianof truth online.

The online training deals with topics as:
– history of journalism;
– fake news: why they exist, how to recognize them and how to fight them;
– EU action plan against disinformation;
– conflict management (online and offline);
– tools for EU citizens’ democratic participation;
– interventions of policy makers at different level and journalists.

COPE held online training for factcheckers on 11th and 12th on January.

COPE held online training for factcheckers on 11th and 12th on January. Both trainings lasted four hours each and were very interesting because they covered the history of fake news from the beginning to the present day, showing the risks it can cause. During the second day, an in-depth study was done on the European Parliament and elections and the bad influence that fake news can have in this context. There was a lot of active participation from the audience despite the virtual mode in which the training was held, also thanks to the workshop activities and games that were conducted by the trainers. Through surveys, participants left their positive feedback both at the beginning and end of the training.

Anonymous participant from Italy

“This training introduced new ways to understand whether a piece of news is reliable or not and connections on European projects to stop spreding fake news.” 

IMVF held is Trainig about Fake News from 5 to 8 February 2024.

Participant from Portugal

“Through the four-day workshop on fake news, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of how misinformation spreads and the importance of critical thinking in navigating information sources.”


There were 4 sessions, from 10am to 12.30pm (2.5 hours per session). A total of 10h of Training. The Training was held online via Zoom. There were a total of 30 participants, 20 female and 10 male. Not all of the 30 participants attended all of the sessions. The Training was very rich in content and information. It was participative, with active and participative methodologies, with positive evaluations from the participants. Was a Training organised and facilitaded by IMVF in partnership with Iberifier/Cenjor, which went very well.

Jovesólides held an onsite training during 3 days from the 18h to the 20th of December


Jovesólides held an onsite training in Castalla (Alicante) during 3 days from the 18h to the 20th of December, training 69 participants. We chose to hold the training in presential rather than online because this class had already worked on the topic of Fake News with their teachers and were really interested to deeper the topic, so we have reached more than if we had done it online with other youngs

Evaluation form

In the evaluation form, at the question “To what extent have you learnt about fake news and how to spot them? 1 not at all and 5- a lot”, the average was 3,76, showing the training for useful for the youth

The training  was split in 2 online meetings, from 29 to 30 of January 2024,

An online 8-hour training has held by IASIS NGO, split in 2 online meetings, from 29 to 30 of January 2024, between 13:00 and 17:00 (EET) . The training aims to provide participants with effective tools to effectively become independent fact-checkers to combat fake news. The first session lasted 4 hours and included information about fake news, why they exist, how to recognize them and how to fight them. Participants had the opportunity to share their own perspective and experiences about fake news. The second 4-hour session presented the EU action plan against disinformation & Tools for EU citizens’ democratic participation. Interactive games took place, where participants would recognize fake news and exchange opinions

Participants from Greece

“The training was a truly eye-opening experience in understanding and combating fake news.”

“The workshop provided practical tools and interactive sessions that equipped me to understand the complexities of misinformation in today’s world.”

CTRIA held its training sessions from 25 to 29 January.


“It was interesting to see that everyone has a very vivid memory of when they met a fake news story.”

The training was held online via Google Meetings. Most of the young people logged in from home, but some logged in together from a computer in the school library. There were 3 events in total, as it was difficult for the young people to manage to attend these 3 sessions. Out of the 3 occasions, 2 were 2 hours long, while the 3rd event was 4 hours long.
The trainings were very interactive and everyone reported a personal experience or negative experience with fake news. The examples really appealed to the participants and the topic kept their attention throughout. Their opinions and feedback on the training sessions were also very positive.

On January 26 and 29, ACTA organized two online training


On January 26 and 29, ACTA organized two online training lasting four hours each. The first session covered information on the existence, recognition and fight against fake news. Then, in the second session, the audience attended an information session on the tools of democratic participation of EU citizens and the Interventions of decision-makers at different levels. The attendees actively participated, showed interest in the topic, and gave positive feedback both at the beginning and at the end.

Lucian and Sebastian

1. The fake news training helped me become more critical and analyze the information I encounter daily on the Internet. I learned to check sources, recognize the warning signs of fake news, and educate others about it. It was an important step in my development as a responsible citizen in the digital age (Lucian).

2. Fake news is a significant issue that can manipulate public opinion. It’s crucial for us as young people to critically evaluate the information and rely on credible sources. The training in combating fake news taught me that it is very important media literacy education for fact-checking (Sebastian)

Autokreacja held its training sessions on 27 and 29 February



Online workshops in Polish focusing on equipping participants with skills to combat disinformation. Topics include recognizing fake news, conflict management, and tools for democratic participation. Duration/Structure: Interactive sessions, 2 hours each, blend theory with practical exercises. Methodology: Activity-based approach with lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises. Outcomes: Participants gain skills in fact-checking, conflict management, and democratic engagement, enabling effective response to disinformation.

Karina and Rita

“The workshop provided invaluable insights into the mechanisms of disinformation. I now feel equipped to identify fake news and contribute to combating its spread. Highly recommended!”

“The interactive exercises were incredibly helpful in reinforcing the concepts discussed. I appreciate the practical approach of the workshop, which enabled me to apply the knowledge gained in real-world scenarios.”

On the 9th and 12th of February, Social Effect Network conducted training sessions

On the 9th and 12th of February, Social Effect Network conducted training sessions, each lasting 3.5 hours. The focus of the sessions was on combating fake news, fostering critical thinking, and developing competences and habits for fact-checking.The training sessions were attended by students and lecturers from various fields at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences. Participants found the training to be extremely useful due to its practical approach. They appreciated the interactive nature of the sessions, noting that they were not overloaded with theoretical content. Additionally, participants commended the flexibility of the training, as it allowed both in-person and online attendance, as well as access to materials after the sessions.



“Excellent session, was really insightful to learn about practical approach for news debunking”
“Very useful session, i learnt a lot and remembered some things, but I believe the best is to kep focus and not to give in for  reactive behavour”

EYP Finland held two training sessions 20 and 21 January.


“It would be great to get something like this [training] to wider audience” Anonymous

“I learned a lot of useful things which I believe are significant for me in the future” Anonymous

EYP Finland held two training sessions 20.-21.1., each lasting four hours. The first session was about different types of false information especially focusing on disinformation and its dangers. Further, the session covered different motivations behind disinformation, tactics used by disinformation agents, who spreads disinformation and which social media channels are most prone to it. This was followed by an introduction to fact-checking and a look into real life examples of disinformation. The second session focused on measures agaisnt disinformation both locally and an EU level. Topics covered included EU measures against disinformation, EU decision-making structure and upcoming European Parliament elections as well as initiatives and organizations fighting disinformation in Finland. Trainees participated actively on both days, engaging in debates and conversations. Along with the presentation, on both days the participants got to test the skills they were taught through quizzes on kahoot and mentimeter.

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