Fox TV anchor İsmail Küçükkaya leads Turkish 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 the Faculty of Communication at Istanbul Bilgi University to customize and localize the educational content. Serving in dual roles, Istanbul Bilgi University will also study the efficacy of the WhatsApp course. BİLGİ was established in 1996 under the principle of learning not for school, but for life. With more than 150 programs for associate, undergraduate and graduate students, the university works to find ways to enlighten people, especially vulnerable portions of the population, on how to distinguish truth from falsity.

BİLGİ collaborated with Turkish fact-checking organizations Doğruluk Payı and Teyit. As Turkey’s first fact-checking organization, Doğruluk Payı aims to advance Turkey’s socio-economic literacy and fight misinformation. Teyit aims to make critical thinking a shared value by analyzing suspicious information and conducting educational activities to improve critical digital literacy skills.

Küçükkaya joins this educational effort as a MediaWise Ambassador. He walks learners through the daily WhatsApp message, question and video. Participants must respond to the question to guarantee a lesson the next day.


  • İsmail Küçükkaya
    Anchorman, FOX Çalar Saat (Turkey)
    İsmail Küçükkaya, born in Kütahya Simav in 1972, completed his university education at Gazi University Journalism Department. Küçükkaya started his journalism career in 1991 as...
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  • 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 international initiatives for Poynter’s MediaWise. Partnering with stakeholders in Brazil, France, Spain and Turkey, she oversaw the launch of microlearning media literacy...
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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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