2023 IVLP Professional Exchange Programs
2023 Countries in Tampa Bay!
January 28 – February 1
"Countering Foreign Disinformation for Egypt"
Kicking off our 2023 IVLP professional programming year, this group of Egyptian investigative journalists and fact-checkers participated in a full-day workshop at the Poynter Institute. Leading off the workshop was Al Tompkins, Poynter senior faculty for broadcasting and online, with a lively look at the sources of the whys and hows of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda, and a deep dive into the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence on social media, and in newsrooms. After a great interactive lunch outdoors (January in Tampa Bay!), Alanna Dvorak, International Training Manager, International Fact-Checking Network, led the afternoon discussion on fact-checking techniques, and IFCN's global standards for fact-checkers. The following day featured an interactive session with Dr. Casey Frechette, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Digital Communication, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, on how social media and new technologies can be employed to amplify messages, disseminate information and connect with a target audience, and introduce and provide exposure to the serious impact of the current threat posed by disinformation and deceptive news.
To close out the professional program, World Partnerships 2012 Egyptian alumnus Mohamed Maher, U.S. Correspondent for Al-Masry Al-Youm Newspaper talked with the group about the challenges of fact-checking and combatting disinformation while working in the US as a foreign correspondent.
March 2 - 7
"Global Public Health Challenges
for the Indo-Pacific and Central Asia"
An Inter-Regional Project
Cambodia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
Whether communications challenges, or scientists and public health officials battling infectious disease and pandemics, or the scientists finding vaccines and other preventive measures, and the health professionals on the frontlines of the pandemic, this IVLP delegation experienced the full panorama of academic research, medical centers and journalism centers of excellence in Tampa Bay! This IVLP program showcased Tampa Bay's world-class scientists, physicians, health care professionals and administrators and a seasoned journalist who produced a daily column for over two years to help journalists better inform the global public about what was known, what wasn't known, and to sort through the misinformation and disinformation related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
March 14 - 18
"Empowering Sindhi Media to Strengthen Democracy"