Dublin – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUI Galway) today finalized a new partnership to provide free courses to journalists and students to encourage accurate reporting on migration and balance the narratives that fuel the stigma and discrimination that migrants face. the world.
“The past 12 months have shown us all how important our information and sources of information are in keeping us informed and educated,” Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, said at Monday’s event.
“Although fake news is a danger that more and more people are aware of, countering or revealing it is not something that many know how to do. Therefore, I warmly welcome this important initiative by NUI Galway and Irish Aid to fight disinformation and fake news spreading about migration. “
The Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA) initiative led by the IOM supports efforts to combat disinformation and promote diverse perspectives on this broad topic. The project is co-financed by the IOM Development Fund and Irish Aid.
NUI Galway will offer an introductory course; a comprehensive overview of migration that will be available free online and in universities. In collaboration with IOM country offices in Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines and Serbia, the university, through the GMMA, will also support media training programs focusing on national and regional migration. The Academy will expand to other countries and regions as the project evolves.
The partnership was formalized at a special online event to recognize the new global cooperation agreement between NUI Galway and IOM. The agreement also allows NUI Galway to collaborate with IOM on other migration-related projects in the future.
Producing and promoting positive stories about migration has been identified as an effective way to counter disinformation and disinformation that incites fear and sows divisions that lead to stigma and discrimination, said Lalini Veerassamy, Chief IOM mission in Ireland.
“As we establish the GMMA, it is essential that a reputable academic institution such as NUI Galway work with us to develop standardized training tools on media and migration,” said Veerassamy.
The Global Core Course, which will be contextualized to reflect the different dynamics of migration, will equip journalists around the world with the tools to develop more balanced and accurate narratives on migration, which in turn will reduce the spread of disinformation. . “
GMMA will have a strong focus on training journalism students to identify and track disinformation and harmful content, including fact-checking techniques and data journalism.
“Our journalism academics are international experts in media literacy and it is an honor for them to work with IOM and Irish Aid on this vitally important international project which will bring far-reaching positive learning to society. “said Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway
Classes will draw on migration research and data, and explore ongoing global developments like COVID-19 that are influencing the future of mobility and migration, including public attitudes.
Students are encouraged to explore this complex subject from different angles and to publish compelling, nuanced, and evidence-based stories.
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For more information please contact:
IOM Geneva, Hannah Murphy, Tel: +447951538946, Email: [email protected],
IOM Ireland, Marshall Patsanza, Tel: +353 87 337 6177, Email: [email protected]
NUI Galway, Ed Carty, Tel: +353864178175, Email: [email protected]