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Wikipedia, fake news and fact checking

DYI (Debate Your Issue) is an Erasmus + project, that aims to help young people between 18 and 25 years to better understand the current European affairs, not to be afraid to express themselves on socio-political issues or to stand for their own opinions. In addition to the debate training, the project participants will go through various workshops, such as writing articles, creating podcasts or understanding visual communication and culture.

Participants of the project have to gradually prepare themselves for a debates on specific topics, meaning as well to do initial research for the topic on the selected topic. One of their first source is often Wikipedia.

We have prepared a Saturday all-day online workshop on Wikipedia for the participants; not only about its editing, but also a bit about the importance of fact checking and fake news. It took place on 23.1. 2021.

During the workshop, participants also expanded and improved controversial articles on the Czech Wikipedia, such as antifeminism, homosexuality, anti-globalisation and the anti-system party. You can see how they approached the difficult task here.