Journalists in schools: fake or fact – this is the dilemma – Schmalkalden

It’s correct. But not only do reporters sometimes don’t know if the information they get from someone is correct or not.

Anyone who receives information – be it on TV, radio, via Whatsapp or on Google – does not know if it is correct.

However, a reporter has learned to check sources, where to do it and what are the ways to distinguish real news from fake news. Recognize the fakes, to put it in English.

And this is becoming more and more difficult in a society where a flood of information hits you when you turn on the television or are on social media. Young people in particular no longer receive news from the newspaper in the traditional way or watch the news at 20:00, but receive the news from their cell phones. When I asked students where they got their news from, “Google home” was the most common response I gave.

But how do you deal with this news? Who actually decides what news is on the home page? Who writes this and why? How do I know if they are true or false?

Promote and disseminate information and information skills – this is the task of the national association “Journalismus macht Schule”. I am part of this association because in recent years it has become increasingly clear to me how difficult it is for children and young people to deal with the sometimes hundreds of information they receive in a day, classify them and answer the questions: who says what, when, where and because. And not just them.

Everything that underlies journalistic writing and acting can be explained to everyone. No, you have to explain it to everyone. This he showed me when yesterday I went to school in the normal school in Kaltennordheim. The German teacher registered her students via the portal of the Thuringian State Media Authority (TLM) for the days of action against fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories, which take place under the motto “We are the originals!”. The TLM has organized these days of action for the first time in collaboration with the association “Journalismus macht Schule” in Thuringia (see information box on the right).

In 90 minutes, however, you can only give a small insight into the topic of fake news. But letting students write a message on their own, explaining to them the difference between news and opinion, showing them a video showing in simple words and pictures how to see through the tricks of fake news producers is at least a possibility from the start.

When asked what they found most exciting, most of the students called it the “fake seeker”. Scan the QR code with your mobile, give yourself a nickname and a character and then get started. This means: read the news you see every day via Whatsapp or on Google and decide with your thumbs up or down whether it is a fake or not a fake or even a satire. Digital “gamer” suggestions encourage students to check the source or ask for suggestions from others. Eventually they get an evaluation and can see which fake they recognized and which they didn’t.

In the end, I told the sixth grade students, whenever a message seems strange to you, you should turn your head and ask yourself if it’s possible. Or, journalistically enough, search for a second source by entering the report keywords on Google to see if other media have already talked about it. I also gave Calvi voters a tip that you can easily ask a politician or his party to him if he really said what he quoted on the Internet as a quote. Enter the part and name, open the home page, the phone numbers and email address are under Contacts. So simple, so effective.

Even photos and videos are fake or placed in the wrong context. With reverse image search on Google, but also on other platforms, you can upload the photo and see if it has already gone viral or something similar and in what context. The fact that there are also websites such as or, where news and claims, but also myths, are checked for facts, or their truthfulness, is all in the worksheet “News tools Detective “, which I get distributed at the end of the hour.

The sheet was developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the organization It integrated lie detectors, an initiative to combat digital disinformation. He is also a member of the “Journalismus macht Schule”.

Anyone wishing to register their school for a visit to a journalist’s class or a parents’ evening can do so all year round via the homepage “Journalismus macht Schule” ( There you will also find free educational material.

But not only teachers can watch them or include them in the lesson. Anyone who reads this article and wants to know how professional media or social media works, how fake news spreads and how to recognize it, can find out more on the homepage. Our newspaper has also collected videos and material on the homepage “” under “World of experience / Media projects”. There are also linked explanatory and digital educational videos.

Just go online! Because on the big Internet there is not only fake news, but also a lot of real news. So you have to find out for yourself if something is truth or a lie! Would you like to test yourself? Then go to or Have a good time!


Under the title: “We are the original!

From 2 to 6 May, Action Days against fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories will be held “as part of the” Journalism teaches school “initiative.

young people in Thuringia informed and sensitized against lying and manipulation. For the first time, experts from newspaper and radio editors, people from the media sector and media education specialists will discuss these topics with schoolchildren from all over Bavaria and answer their questions. The Thuringian State Media Authority (TLM) coordinates the days of action around Press Freedom Day on May 3. A total of over 50 Thuringian school classes and over 50 journalists and media educators participate in the Thuringian School Action Days.

Phenomena such as fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories in

the media have become significantly more relevant in times of pandemics and war

especially within social networks. Studies on the use of media by young people show that 50 percent of them use it regularly

42% are confronted with conspiracy theories on the Internet

fake news In this context, media education activities

The promotion of information and information skills among children and young people is of great importance.

Many media and educational institutions have become nationwide

Alliance “Journalism teaches” together and leads

since then every year on May 3, International Press Freedom Day,

School media days in the federal states. Thuringia is also participating in the action days this year.

Thuringian journalists and media educators

Media educators from public and private broadcasters, community radios, Thuringian daily press, media education institutes and DJV Thüringen pass on their knowledge to children and young people from grades 5 to 13 in schools and vocational schools. The action days are supported by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen and the Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curriculum Development and Media.

All partners and projects can be viewed on the project page on the TLM website.

TLM director Jochen Fasco is delighted that so many actors took part in the beginning: “Feeding insecurities, influencing opinions, building trust: fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories are a threat to our democratic society ! It is all the more important to show young people at an early stage through preventive measures how to recognize fake news, what sources of serious news are and how editorial offices work “, continues Fasco. Info below

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