Tito Ambyo – Fact Checking Your Mother

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Tito Ambyo teaches Journalism Technologies for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program at RMIT University, and in this recording he explains the second project in the course, Fact Check Your Mother. In the project people are required to produce a multi media web page, telling a story from their family history (this year on the topic of migration), demonstrating fact checking skills, and presenting the story in an engaging way. The pages are loaded to Github by the authors, for Tito to then feature in the website archive of the projects: http://www.onlinejournalism.academy/factcheckyourmother

It’s an impressive collection of works from second year journalism students, and our recorded conversation goes on to discuss the various aspects of the project and the course, as well as question the future of journalism as a profession. Tito cited The Voice of San Diego as a potential model.
Listen to the audio recorded discussion here:

  • 0:13 What is Fact Check Your Mum? Family stories with a migration theme, produced in a  HTML5 and CSS webpage. Idea being to publish, to an audience, a story that has been fact checked, and be an experience that helps to develop empathy. Exceptional works are featured on http://www.onlinejournalism.academy/factcheckyourmother
  • 5:00 How is fact checking done. Gordon Farrer tutors in fact checking using various games-based learning methods such as challenges to locate Gordon based on his postings, looking at image meta data and the like.
  • 7:45 Students are appreciating the project and are connecting with other through it. Digital Learning links this work to a category of teaching practice called Student as Producer.
  • 8:50 Technicalities: students code web pages using Bootstrap and upload to Github pages. Tito features links to those works on the Fact Check You Mother website.
  • 10:05 Why learn code?
  • 11:40 Teaching methods: Video lectures to Youtube with resources linked on Google Drive. Followup done in tutorials. NB. Students who most need to study the videos tend to leave i too late. More needs to be done to get them practising sooner.
  • 13:00 Fact Check Your Mum is the second of three assessments in the course. The first being a data journalism excercise in week four. Fact Check Mum is due in week 10, and a group collaborative journalism project (still on the theme of migration) is due in week 12.
  • 16:10 Is anything extra emerging from the project? Slack is used for internal supervised discussion, and some of the students break off into Facebook and other venues for unsupervised less formal discussion. Some students have created Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages for their projects. Example projects included Cinema and Migration, where migrants have established niche cinemas around Melbourne.
  • 18:55 Students are asked to keep a blog for their studies, with one activity being to review a well known annual report, Nieman Lab predictions on Journalism and the students are encouraged to forward their responses to the author through Twitter, to encourage connection and network forming.
  • 19:55 What’s the future for journalism? Voice of San Diego is an interesting model, where subscribers can suggest the news focus. Fact Checking, such as ABC’s Fact Check are good services worth promoting. “Fake News” and the general loss of respect for professional journalism is a problem.
  • 27:15 Optimism for the future, going by what is seen in the RMIT graduates. More graduate work can be found at TheCityJournal.net

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