Challenging Dangerous Messages Online: Workshop Application

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CIJA US, in cooperation with BIRN and the Foundation Dokukino will organize a series of capacity building activities in the Western Balkans in 2017 for activists, journalists, bloggers, educators and other online (and offline) influencers to help develop online communication strategies to respond to dangerous content.

Are you concerned about the negative and dangerous online messages that are damaging to individuals and communities around you? Worried about conversations influenced by fake news, disinformation, trolling, and various forms of propaganda used for radicalization and recruitment purposes?

 Would you like to contribute to making social media more positive, constructive and safe for everyone? Whether you have ideas on the backburner or you are already working on a campaign, initiative or a digital project through your organization, as part of your job, or in your free time, to tackle these problems in an online space, we would like to hear from you!

Workshops will be held in five Western Balkan countries as follows: 

Skopje, Macedonia May 18-19

Pristina, Kosovo May 22-23

Tirana, Albania May 25-26

Belgrade, Serbia May 29-30

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina June 1-2

 *Regional Hackathon in Albania: July 5 – 7 

Participants in the program will have access to one-on-one mentorship following the Hackathon, which will be an opportunity to further develop promising campaign concepts, as well as seed funding for the most promising initiatives.

During this workshop, participants will:

– Develop an online communication strategy to respond to dangerous content;

– Learn audience profiling and targeting techniques;

– Practice message development strategies; and

– Receive feedback and coaching from dangerous content response experts.

If this sounds like the workshop for you, please complete this short application by April 16, 2017. 

Accepted applicants will be notified via email by April 20, 2017 with additional details.

Please contact with questions or to request an application in Albanian, Bosnian-Serbian or Macedonian language. *Applications will be accepted in English or local languages 

Workshops will be held in English with translation to local languages provided, as well as transportation and accommodation for those traveling from outside of the capital city.

Application form could be found here