“Google are joining forces with the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori to train students to be able to distinguish between fake news and trustworthy journalism.”. This was announced by Andrea Checcherini, President of the organistion, and Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, President of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, during the 10th edition of the “Growing Between the Lines” convention at Borgo La Bagnaia
“For a year now we have been trialing a project in schools called ‘On the Hunt for Hoaxes’, which aims to go into schools and offer students a greater understanding of what can be found online and how to access better journalistic content.” Explained d’Asaro Biondo
“You all know that the Osservatorio’s mission has always been to develop the critical faculties of students to render them more self-sufficient. Until now, we had been able to pursue this mission thanks to the materials made available to us by traditional editors, allowing us to bring a national daily newspaper, a local daily newspaper and an economic publication into classes. Our dream is to transform this project from a single-platform initiative into a multi-platform initiative, and the first development in that direction is our inclusion of digital content.”, added Checcherini, turning towards the roughly 250 students present in the hall, who were all participants in the ‘Quality Information in the Classroom’ program. “I’m excited, because from the start of the next school year we will be launching a brand new project that has progressed from an experiment to a fully fledged, institutionalised project, in which Google has allied itself with the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori to train students to distinguish between fake news and quality journalism. To oppose fake news we cannot merely place trust in a culture of fact checking: each one of you has a head upon their shoulders and you must learn how to use it. With this project, we will be trying to help you in this regard.”.