“Artificial Intelligence and Media: Innovative Strategies in the Face of Disinformation” | advanced course held by IVERES (Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación), Universidad de Zaragoza and RTVE – 26 June, 10-12 July 2024

May 14, 2024

The Universidad de Zaragoza, in collaboration with Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) and the team of IVERES. “Identification, Verification and Response”, is launching an advanced course dedicated to combating media disinformation through Artificial Intelligence. The course is entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Media: Innovative Strategies in the Face of Disinformation” and is specially designed for journalists and media professionals.

The course will be held on Wednesday, 26 June, and 10, 11 and 12 July at Calatayud Town Hall. In these sessions, participants will be trained in advanced techniques for news verification using artificial intelligence, a key competence to face the growing challenge of fake news and disinformation.

The VerificaRTVE team, together with experts from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Carlos III Universidad de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Granada (UGR), will be in charge of the workshops. Participants will be able to learn about voice and image authenticity verification and chatbot detection using tools developed specifically for the IVERES project.

In addition to acquiring practical skills, attendees will have the opportunity to make valuable connections with other professionals and experts in digital journalism, thus strengthening their professional networks and contributing to the enrichment of journalism with innovative technologies.

Students will be entitled to a Certificate of Attendance that will accredit their participation in the course provided that they have attended at least 85% of the classroom hours.

The IVERES project, led by Santiago Tejedor, director of the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Pere Vila, director of technological strategy at RTVE, aims to create a system for verifying information in Spanish against self-interested disinformation.

The Gabinete de Comunicación y de Educación is a consolidated group specialised in scientific research and dissemination, which belongs to the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the UAB. Recognised by AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a Consolidated Research Group on the basis of its trajectory, projection and development, it develops projects and research in the field of convergence between communication and education. Since its creation, it has developed initiatives aimed at integrating, with awareness and freedom, communication technologies in the so-called global or knowledge society. Under the direction of Santiago Tejedor, the Gabinete organises several of its own Master’s Degrees, such as the Master’s in Travel Journalism (on-site and online), the Master’s in Communication and Education (on-site, online and in English), the Master’s in Environmental Communication and the Master’s in Political and Electoral Communication Management. The group has a wide and varied collection of publications, in the form of scientific articles, books and book chapters, and other works, which is constantly being renewed. It also has a laboratory for teaching innovation projects, transfer and new formats that are conceived and developed from a perspective based on creativity and multidisciplinary work. Every year, the Gabinete organises an academic expedition that travels worldwide with students from different universities and degrees. This is the Tahina-Can Expedition, which has been awarded as the best educational project in Spain. It also has the Tu Aventura portal, the InfoEDU educational platform and the newsgames and science project Reporter@s de la Ciencia.

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