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There has been an exponential rise in the spread of fake news worldwide. This phenomenon poses a challenge where individuals or organisations cannot tell the difference between content that is true or false. There is pressing need to understand the nature of this problem and to equip ourselves with the necessary tools to understand social media content and make a reasonable assessment about what is accurate and trustworthy. Digital literacy among social media users is the need of the hour among both news platforms and its consumers. This panel discussion will focus on worldwide trends in tackling fake news across media platforms, prevalence of fake news in the Indian context, current trends and challenges, and the way ahead.
In collaboration with the British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru’s Chevening Alumni Engagement Initiative in association with the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore
Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programmes-
The Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programmes offer a unique and exciting opportunity to the most brilliant minds of India to come and study in the UK. The India Chevening country programme is the largest in the world and has produced more than 3,000 scholars and fellows since 1983. The programme shows the UK’s commitment to developing future leaders and strengthening the UK and India’s living bridge, sharing the best of what our two countries have to offer. Applicants to Chevening Scholarships must have a minimum two years of work experience and a strong academic background. Applicants to Chevening Fellowships must have 7-10 years of work experience. Fellowships on offer are: South Asian Journalism Fellowship, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship, Cyber Security Fellowship, Financial Services Fellowships, and Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence. Globally, almost 1,800 Chevening scholarships were awarded in 2019-20. Today, there are over 50,000 Chevening alumni around the world, comprising an influential and highly regarded global network.
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H R Venkatesh
H.R. Venkatesh is a journalist with 18 years of experience and has dealt with ‘fake news’ as a journalist, researcher and entrepreneur since 2016. Currently, he runs Media Buddhi at BOOM, which is aimed at helping citizens deal with misinformation, lies, half-truths and manipulated truths. Venkatesh went to Oxford University on a Chevening Scholarship in 2009-2010. He was journalism fellow at Stanford University in 2018 and 2019. Venkatesh is one of the founding editors at The Quint and for 9 years was a Senior Anchor at CNN-IBN. Venkatesh is from Bangalore but is now based in New Delhi.
Kanchan Kaur is Dean, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore. She is also an India assessor for the International Fact-Checking Network which certifies fact-checking websites. She started her career in journalism by reporting the city of Bangalore for various newspapers before moving on to the bigger ones like Indian Express, Deccan Herald and The Gulf News. She has driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia and works on spreading news literacy.
Sitaraman Shankar is the Editor of the Deccan Herald. A chemical technologist-turned-journalist, he is a Chevening scholar of the 2002 batch. Shankar has 25 years of experience and has worked across the various disciplines of reporting, feature writing, editing, news editing, and managing teams. He has been based in Mumbai, New Delhi, Frankfurt, London and Dubai and also reported out of Moscow, Vienna and Singapore.
Dhanya Rajendran is Editor-in-Chief of The News Minute. She began her career with India Vision and The New Indian Express. She had joined the English news channel, Times Now before its launch and was the channel’s South India Bureau Chief. In 2014, she co-founded The News Minute, an independent digital news platform and currently, serves as its Editor-in-Chief. With more than 15 years’ experience in print, television and digital journalism, Dhanya has reported from the ground on some of the biggest stories in India in the past decade.
Ravi Hegde is Editor-in-chief of Kannada Prabha and a veteran of Kannada media. Ravi also mentors the editorial leaders of Suvarna News 24×7 TV. He has also edited Kannada newspapers such as the Udayavani and is a popular columnist.