France

France 24’s Pauline Paccard and Alexandre Capron lead French speakers in a free 10-day WhatsApp course designed by MediaWise.

The daily 5-minute lessons include simple, yet practical, techniques designed to improve digital engagement and awareness. By the end of the course, learners will be able to identify and explain different types of misinformation, and practice techniques professional fact-checkers use for verification.

MediaWise partnered with France 24 to customize and localize the educational content. France 24 is actively involved in the fight against misinformation with broadcasts to 444 million households worldwide. Programs include “Info ou Intox” (“Truth or Fake”), daily on-air fact-checking segments, a weekly video module with tips on detecting false news, and an annual edition designed for high school students in France and overseas.

Capron and Paccard, France 24 journalists, join this educational effort as MediaWise Ambassadors. They walk learners through the daily WhatsApp message, question and video. Participants must respond to the question to guarantee a lesson the next day.

Ambassadors

  • Alexandre Capron
    Journalist, France 24
    Alexandre Capron joined France 24 in 2012 and has been presenting the French version of the Observers program since 2016. A graduate of Sciences Po...
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  • Pauline Paccard
    Journalist and Anchor, France 24
    Pauline Paccard has fifteen years of journalism experience under her belt. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, she helped launch France 24 where she covered...
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Instructors

  • Vanya Tsvetkova
    Interactive Learning Designer, MediaWise
    Vanya Tsvetkova develops curricula in various formats to teach fact-checking and digital media literacy skills to audiences of all ages in the U.S. and abroad....
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  • Miriam Valverde
    Deputy Editor, PolitiFact
    Miriam Valverde is a fact-checker for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, the Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language...
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  • Brittani Kollar
    International Training Manager, MediaWise
    Brittani Kollar manages MediaWise's international projects and initiatives. Brittani joined The Poynter Institute following a 13-year career at CNN. Her first several years were spent...
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  • Alex Mahadevan
    Director, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is the Director of the MediaWise project. Alex was most recently the Program Manager of MediaWise. Prior to joining the staff at Poynter,...
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