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Fake news hunters: an online competition for young Europeans

What is fake news? Do our favourite YouTubers always tell the truth? Can we always tell whether a post on Instagram or Tik Tok is real or fake? Why does fake news exist? How can we identify it? 

Updated on 21/10/2021

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The project is aimed at young people aged 15 to 19, learning French, German, Spanish or English as a foreign language in Germany, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. It aims to:

  • encourage young people from different European countries to discuss, analyse and expose fake news in a second language
  • give participants a frame of reference for assessing the impartiality of the media, allowing them to take an active role in democratic life
  • give them an opportunity to converse with peers from different countries and offer them a different perspective by going beyond geographic and linguistic borders. 

At the end of the competition, the terms and conditions of which are listed below, the 60 winners (15 per target language) will be invited to take a one-and-a-half-month online course consisting of learning modules on digital communication, ethics in journalist and media manipulation techniques, the ways in which fake news spreads online and its consequences for hate speech and the endangering of democratic life. 

Once the course has finished, they will be invited to produce media content demonstrating a critical perspective on fake news, thereby helping to raise awareness of the issue. 

How to enter

Film a short video (three minutes maximum) or write a short text (300 words) in a foreign language (French), illustrated with an image, in which you discuss a topical subject relating to your native country. You can talk about politics, hobbies, fashion or linguistic challenges. In this project, you’ll need to devote a few lines to explaining why you want to take part in the project. The more creative your video or text, the better!  A jury will choose the best entries and offer an online course to the 60 winners (15 per foreign language). All winners will receive a drone with video camera, a professional microphone or a camera. 

  • Students should send in their entries complete with their name, age, address and the school where they are learning their foreign language. 
  • Teachers can send in their students’ entries complete with the student’s name, age, address and school details. 

The entry deadline is extended to 24 October 2021, to the following address: faktendetektive@goethe.de 

 

The Institut français and the project

This educational project is organised by the Goethe Institut, in partnership with the Institut français and the Instituto Cervantes. It draws on the notion that young people are particularly affected by fake news and, as such, they require a set of skills relating to education on the media and democracy. 

L'institut français, LAB