With an information deluge from all sides, we are a likely easy prey to harmful misinformation. Media Literacy is the best intervention that is needed to help communities navigate through the sea of inaccurate information and distinguish between legit news and false information designed to deceive.
FactShala has empowered the trainers and hence empowering the citizens at grassroot level. Information is power and FactShala is helping people to know how to use it. This is very crucial work. People are getting information online directly or indirectly. But they don’t know how to differentiate between the right information and misinformation/disinformation.
FactShala gave me something to take home to think about besides just a Media Literacy Training. It gave me a mind-set to think how crucial it is to empower myself and others about this phenomena. Now I am using this power to do my bit for society. So proud of this chapter of mine in life. Thank you FactShala!
As a FactShala trainer, I feel I am more responsible and accountable to make people aware about the importance of right versus wrong. This program has added new meaning to my life as well as profession as a journalist and fake checker. I believe it is important to reach out to the most vulnerable section of our society as they become the victim of fake news easily..
I was really astonished when more than 500 rural girls registered for a workshop in last December. I could accommodate this huge number in three sessions, and finally, their responses were so heartening. The girls enthusiastically participated, understood the Jargon of misinformation and disinformation, liked the reallife examples of text, video and photo verification, enjoyed the interactive sessions, and found the training content very useful in their daily life.
At the outset it seemed like a very daunting task to reach out to varied interests and age groups and make them accept and challenge their own biases. However, it was a pleasant surprise to know how willing and open everyone is to break the shackles of misinformation around them and to stimulate their critical thinking abilities. Being a Factshala trainer comes with a great sense of responsibility as well as immense gratification of bringing in positive change in the society suffering from varied versions of truth
Media Literacy is important in India because it will help viewers discern the veracity and reliability of the news and information that they consume from print, electronic, digital and social media which will in turn assist them in forming their independent opinions. Independent thinkers will help in nourishing the growth of a sustainable and stable democracy in India which will truly support Free Speech, Equality and Justice for all its people, irrespective of language, religion or community.
For success and survival in the knowledge society, information literacy through multi-media approaches is critical for taking informed decisions to realise the aspirations of the people.
In these times of crisis and confusion we need more facts, more clarity and more credibility. I note with admiration that Factshala is doing this public service with commitment and creativity.
In times of such crises, it’s all the more important that everyone learns to separate the truth from the deluge of all kinds of information. These webinars, in simple ways, help people do just that.”