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Stopping the spread of misinformation in India

Professor Dr. Paromita Pain, Assistant Professor of Global Media at the University of Nevada Reno, partnered with other University researchers to train participants to identify and counter online misinformation with special reference to stopping the spread of misinformation in India.

UNR Professor Promita Pain

The grant’s principal investigator Dr. Paromita Pain (pictured with University student Nour Sarsangi) partnered with other University researchers to train participants to identify and counter online misinformation. Photo credit: Damian Gordon

Three University of Nevada, Reno faculty members recently received a grant from the U.S. Consulate General, Public Affairs Section in Mumbai to create a public diplomacy program designed to combat large-scale issues with misinformation in India.

“A 2019 survey showed that 88% of first-time voters across India agreed that fake news was a real problem,” Dr. Paromita Pain, the Reynolds School of Journalism’s assistant professor of global media and the grant’s principal investigator, said. “The recent COVID-19 situation has only made circumstances worse. Strengthening journalists’ fact-checking and rumor debunking abilities is thus an important public requirement for India.”

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