February 1, 2021
Indeed, even in the virtual scene there is no stopping in learning and fighting disinformation. On January 29, 2021 the very first Virtual Fact-Checking Workshop of HAU’s Communication Program in partnership with the Democracy and Disinformation Consortium entitled successfully took its flight.
The event aims to inspire and enlighten the public specifically students in distinguishing the truth from the sea of lies that arise in the virtual scene.
“Your primary duty is to define, communicate and if necessary, defend reality” said Dr. Luis Maria Calingo the University President as he presented his opening remarks.
The resource speakers, Jarius Bondoc from the Philippine Star and Vernise Tantuco of Rappler shared their expertise and insights in fact checking news and information.
Bondoc shares his knowledge about the regulatory capture in the country and the necessary actions that must be taken to further serve the public’s interest.
“We have nothing to fear if truth is on our side” said Bondoc.
On the other hand, Tantuco imparts her knowledge in fact checking and the processes involved in the field of journalism while leaving a message to aspiring journalists and media practitioners.
“You should not forget that your bias is for the truth” Tantuco stated.
Communication students, publications, and participating schools in the whole of Central Luzon took part in this momentous occasion.
Further, the next installation of the Democracy and Disinformation Consortium is said to happen next month.