High-school students most often recognize disinformation in the areas of healthcare and politics. Disinformation is usually perceived in breaking and bombastic headlines on the social networks, said the students of the Gostivar High School of Medicine, at the workshop on the “Techniques of Journalistic Writing and Detection of Disinformation”. The workshop was organized by the Institute of Communication Studies on 26 October, within the framework of the 2022 Media Literacy Days, in the premises of the “Gostivar” High School of Medicine.
Most of the networks used by young people, such as Tik-Tok and Instagram, constitute fertile soil for sharing fake videos and photos, as the experience of the students of this school has shown. And it is precisely in the field of medicine, i.e. the information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the sphere of politics, that they identify fake news most easily.
Danica Sretkoska and Ramize Ramadani, students of this school, say that the media literacy workshops of this kind will not only improve their writing skills, but will also help them learn how to check the information posted by both traditional and digital media, on the social networks especially.
“The workshop helped me learn how to write a news story by answering the key journalistic questions and how to recognize fake news,” says high school student Ramadani. The event is part of the “Use Facts” project and is one of the activities within the 2022 Media Literacy Days event, organized by the Media Literacy Network.