APAC Trusted Media Summit 2021

First Draft, the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter and the Google News Initiative will co-host the fourth annual APAC Trusted Media Summit on Sept 29-30, 2021. This virtual event will bring together journalists, academics and NGOs involved in fact-checking and fighting misinformation across the Asia-Pacific and kicks off a year of ongoing virtual activities for the fact-checking community in the region.

This event is for journalists, fact-checkers, educators, researchers and others who work in the area of fact-checking, verification, media literacy and otherwise fighting misinformation.

The APAC Trusted Media Summit and its affiliated workshops, bootcamps and events are by invitation-only. If you would like to be invited to future engagements, please register your interest here.


Main Summit (September 29-30)

The virtual summit will take place  place on September 29-30, 2021. If you want to get a sense of the types of presentations and workshops that will feautre, check out recordings from the 2020 summit here.


Workshops and Bootcamps (Throughout the Year)

Throughout the year, we will offer virtual workshops, discussion forums, and intensive bootcamps in multiple languages, including:

News/ Media Literacy Small Private Online Course (Application Required): Created for educators, this course was led by Masato Kajimoto of the University of Hong Kong, where he specializes in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling, and social media in journalism. His research incorporates learning analytics, media and cultural studies and narrative analysis. This course ran from January 19-29, 2021 and discussed how media literacy educators could take advantage of existing curricula and resources in their teaching, with focus on video-based learning and activities targeting middle schoolers and above (age 13-20). The 10-day workshop was mostly asynchronous (you can take it at your own pace) and met three times.

!NEW! GNI University Verification Challenge: The Google News Initiative is excited to launch a University Verification Challenge for students across Asia from April 12-23, 2021. The two-week challenge includes six quizzes that will introduce students to basic fact-checking tools in Bahasa Indonesia, English, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai. It is part of a year-long verification campaign targeted at educating students and raising awareness about fact-checking and hoax-busting. Student teams of three can click here for more information and to register.

Verification and Fact-Checking Bootcamps: These will be offered in multiple languages throughout the year and focus on deepening verification and fact-checking skills.

First Draft Vaccine Insights Bootcamp and Crisis Simulations: First Draft is helping newsrooms to prepare for online threats related to vaccine misinformation through a months-long training series and immersive training events. Live simulations place journalists at the heart of a high intensity breaking news story, challenging them to make reporting decisions in real time. Register for First Draft's APAC Vaccine Crisis Simulation exercise, which will take place on April 27, 2021. The simulation events have been highly acclaimed by leading news organisations across Europe and the United States, and made their APAC debut at the 2019 APAC Trusted Media Summit last December.