‘Facebook presents One India’ is a series which showcases stories of ordinary people coming together to impact the lives of many for the better. The Season 2 of One India revolves around the spirit of change and revolutionizing society using technology. This season is all about the stories that will reach and empower the communities.
This episode focuses on countering fake news and misinformation featuring the initiative of Indian Institution of Mass Communication. Over the past decade, the IIMC has expanded its academic activities and started several specialized courses to meet the manpower requirement of rapidly growing media and communication industry. The IIMC Society, an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act 1867, runs the Institute. It is funded by the Government of India through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India.
“Digital literacy is already a part of the IIMC curriculum. If you look at our syllabus, all the courses, for example, English – journalism, Hindi – journalism, Radio & TV we have one full paper on new media. When we are talking about rumors, we should know what could be the intent behind it. So, for example, if there is something which is spreading too fast or if there is something because of which there is a lot of hatred in the society somewhere we need to question that. And the only thing is that when we come across a message, the first thing which we must do is before we share that, we need to question that.” - Prof. Anubhuti Yadav (HOD – New Media, Indian Institute of Mass Communication)
On this episode, our panel of experts discusses and deliberate about the need to inculcate digital literacy in school and university curriculum and the need for a 360-degree approach to digital media. The panel comprises of K.G. Suresh (Director General – IIMC), Dr. Manasvini Yogi (Sr. Associate Professor & OSD – Delhi School of Journalism), Dr. Vikram Singh (Retired IPS Officer). The panel was moderated by Shivani Gupta (Associate Editor – Republic TV).
The panel further discussed how ground reporting should be given importance and how evidence-based reporting should replace superficial information. They also discussed the importance of cross-checking news to ensure it doesn’t spread propaganda and the role of ordinary citizens, police and the law enforcement teams. Moreover, they talk about the role that government plays and how the right blend of passion, idea and the correct platform can bring a change in the lives of people.
Watch the full episode to know more about the root causes of rumor mongering and how the youth should be more judicious to combat fake news.