Aula

The online media’s influence on journalistic work

Course

Digital Research and Fact-Checking

7.5 credits

Spring

25%

Campus

Are you interested in methods and tools for fact-checking and digital research? This course covers these, as well as how developments in online media are affecting journalistic work. You will learn how to work systematically to verify the sources of online content, and about International discussions and studies on fact-checking and verification.

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Digital Research and Fact-Checking Studying Journalism at Södertörn University provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will benefit you in your working life. You will gain broad competence in both traditional and digital media, as well as the knowledge to conduct thorough research that you can then convey through various media. Studying Journalism provides you with the opportunity to express your creativity, while balancing this with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the role of the media in society, both now and in the future. You can then work in all forms of journalistic activities, both freelance or in employment, at various types of companies and organisations that work with media and communication. Examples of workplaces for former students are newspapers, Greenpeace, radio and television companies. During your studies you will have acquired wide-ranging knowledge of society, as well as a curious, investigative and critical approach to your surroundings. You will meet people at all levels of society and gain experience of different societal areas. You can also choose to combine Journalism with another subject, such as the Study of Religions, Ethnology or Political Sciences, so acquiring cutting-edge expertise. Read about research in this subject
Strategies and tools for source verification and fact checking On this course, you will gain techniques, methods and tools to use when checking facts on the internet and in social media, as well as when verifying images/video. You will learn how to conduct digital journalistic research in different types of online content and about the importance of digital research and fact-checking in relation to the role of journalism in a democratic society. Teaching is through lectures, workshops and seminars, as well as practical exercises in digital research and fact-checking. Your participation in seminars and workshops is assessed on an ongoing basis, as are your written and practical hand-in assignments. There will be a final project and written report, including a peer review process.
Digital Research and Fact-Checking Journalism is an interdisciplinary subject with a focus on media and communication. Practice and theory are intertwined in the subject. The practical elements include writing, photography, film, radio and web production. The theoretical elements comprise studies of the media’s role in society, media ethics, research and in-depth studies of society. Both the subject of Journalism and the profession have strong links to numerous current societal issues and are important to our democracy. During your studies, you will learn to cover trials, discuss ethics, conduct research into current societal issues, foreign coverage, write reports, make radio programmes and much more besides. You can also express your linguistic and investigative creativity and, along with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the media’s role in society, you create a good balance and broad basis for future work. Studying Journalism suits you if you have a social conscience, want to reflect critically on society and to work with either traditional or digital media. Cooperation between Journalism and Media Technology at Södertörn University brings together studies of digital tools and journalistic practice.