The next of the intensive training events for the JOLT Action will take place at the University of Navarra (UNAV) in Pamplona, Spain, from 02 to 05 July 2019. The event includes a number of workshops and training components, as well as the Action’s Mid Term Check with the European Commission.
Over the course of the four days, our ESRs will have the opportunity to interact with experts from a number of disciplines from across the journalism and technology sectors. We are delighted to welcome a broad range of participants and contributor from across the media and technology industries, academia and NGOs. The programme is designed to contribute directly to the training and formation of our Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) as true “T-shaped” candidates: each one with broad-spectrum understanding of where their research fits in on the macro scale, combined with deep, discipline-specific knowledge through guided training and development.
The event begins on Tuesday (02 July) with a round table discussion, chaired by Ramon Saliverria (UNAV), on new business perspectives in journalism. This discussion will involve a broad range of participants including Alison Gow (Reach plc), Philipe Couve (SAMSA.fr) and Tomás Garcia Morán (La Voz de Galicia), among others.
This will be followed by an overview of the SOMA (Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis) project, a pan-European initiative that has been launched to provide support to a European community that will jointly fight disinformation. This overview will be provided by Nikos Sarris (SOMA / ATC) and will give participants hand-on experience of using the tools developed to tackle disinformation. This session provides a clear link with the Provenance Action, a H2020-ICT project on combating online mis- and disinformation, also coordinated by FuJo at Dublin City University.
The first afternoon is dedicated to internal Action meetings, including work package meetings and the Supervisory Board Meeting.
Wednesday (03 July) is an intensive day of workshops, including one on investigative journalism (James Ball of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism) and on how journalist deal with fake and extreme content (Gavin Rees of the Dart Centre). These are complemented by more technical discussion on machine learning (Xavier Giró of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and deep fakes and Generative Adversarial Networks (Eoin Brophy of Dublin City University / Insight Centre).
Thursday (04 July) is dedicated to the Action’s Mid Term Check, part of the European Commission’s on-going review of funded projects. This involves providing the Project Officer with an overview of the Action and progress to date. Each of our ESRs provide an update on their own individual progress since starting on the action. There are also a series of discussions between the ESRs and the Project Officer, to provide a mechanism for them to give direct feedback on the Action.
For Friday (05 July) the programme includes an ESR-led workshop on successful strategies for communication and dissemination of project and research outputs, as well as a session on research project management, looking at useful tools and highlight potential pitfalls. The programme ends with bi- and multilateral meetings between Action participants.