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Useful news items from around the world of particular interest to Youth Writes users provided via the Global Geneva Group

Curated by Peter Hulm

November 2020 and earlier

Fake News

News bias tracker for Google Chrome browsers offered by Ground News

One review: "Good idea - flawed implementation: inaccurate ratings and limited coverage. I tested this app on my Facebook feed. It failed to comment on the majority of political posts, as it seems limited to only mainstream media articles. The things it flagged as 'left wing bias' were mostly wrong -- e.g. the UK Government ( was flagged as "100% left-wing biased". I wish!"

google (LINK)

Study opportunities

Valais delivers its first masters in artificial intelligence, apply by 1 December for February 2021

Includes distance-learning section. Details in French only

lenouvelliste (LINK)


15 Best Virtual Art Museum Tours You Can Enjoy Online

luxurycolumnist (LINK)


To learn solutions journalism, practice — and more practice — makes perfect

One professor builds in time for students to try and fail and then try again.

thewholestory (LINK)


Scenario planning to prepare better for the next crisis

Energy: "Planning diverse scenarios has helped us to explore opportunities to partner externally with the business and financial community and build the solutions needed for increased electrification and clean energy."

weforum (LINK)



hevs (LINK)

"With its 10 degree programmes and 9 research institutes, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is a leading hub of skills and innovation, preparing students for the world of work, and contributing both to economic and social development and to the creation of jobs within the canton. The HES-SO Valais-Wallis has around 2,300 students and is made up of 5 schools."

Continuing education: tourism, business administration, business information technology, systems engineering, life technologies, energy and environmental engineering, nursing science, physiotherapy, social work.

U.N.'s SDG book club: sustainable cities

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Getting smarter in Geneva about cities (LINK)

un (LINK)

October 2020 and earlier

Master photography with this expert-led online bundle for £30.76

38 hours of expert-led content saving you 97% on the total list price. (LINK)

Curiosity Stream Documentary Channel: 25% off

Year's subscription costs only $14.99 if you sign up with the code "flipboard".

curiositystream (LINK)


Sentiments, signes, passions. à propos du livre d'image: Jean-Luc Godard exhibition (LINK)


Young professionals programme open for applications till 31 October (LINK)

September 2020 and earlier


Apply for a Future of Nature award

Are you a young (35 years or younger), talented, and energetic nature conservationist committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? Don't hesitate to apply for the 2021 FFN Awards!

Deadline 15 September 2020. Three awards.

futurefornature (LINK)

Paid Intern

ASPN Seeks Media Intern

Join the fastest growing, most dynamic coastal podcast network on the internet. The American Shoreline Podcast Network is seeking a part-time, paid intern to help us take the next step on the network. We are looking for person skilled in or willing to learn audio editing, show production, social media promotion, and to help us develop new podcasts. If you're interested, send a Statement of Interest and Resume to Tyler Buckingham, at The candidate can be located anywhere.


$49 deal instead of $288 on Linguix digital writing assistant

APPSUMO site offer good till 25 September 2020 or 60 days from purchase.

Our review of the program at It's part of a series on digital writing aids.

APPSUMO is offering a webinar on Linguix on 7 August.

appsumo (LINK)

Youth Writes

Extended deadline for Youth Writes awards

global-geneva (LINK)

Youth politics

Aaron Coleman, the 19-Year-Old Progressive Who Won His Kansas Primary, Speaks About His Troubled Past and Promising Present

Coleman is a first-time candidate at the age of 19, and was outspent by more than 10-1 by his entrenched, corporatist incumbent-opponent, seven-term state Rep. Stan Frownfelter. Yet he narrowly eked out victory to become the Democratic nominee in a heavily blue district with no Republican on the ballot.

theintercept (LINK)

Fake news

What makes fake news feel true when it isn't? For one thing, hearing it over and over again

"The more often participants had heard a statement, the more likely they were to attribute it to Consumer Reports rather than the National Enquirer."

niemanlab (LINK)

July 2020 and earlier


US: ICE announces rules blocking new international students

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new guidelines on Friday that will block any new students planning to enrol in online-only study from entering the United States

aljazeera (LINK)


Smithsonian Science Education Center With Support of the World Health Organization Launches New COVID-19 Guide for Youth

"The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) — a partnership of 140 national academies of science, engineering and medicine — has developed 'COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?', a new rapid-response guide for youth ages 8–17. The guide, which is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aims to help young people understand the science and social science of COVID-19 as well as help them take actions to keep themselves, their families and communities safe." (LINK)

Distance Learning Resources for Covid19 from World Ocean Observatory

Includes WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER 2020: a game capable of reaching a global audience, [it] can expand interest in ocean issues and habitats, and excite students about the infinite possibilities associated with ocean exploration.

worldoceanobservatory (LINK)

Internships / U.N.

Call me intern

Curious about that intern who camped out at Lake Geneva while working in the UN. Means TV has broadcast the film he and a partner made:

"Call Me Intern, follows young, unemployed and frustrated, Filmmakers David Leo Hyde and Nathalie Berger who set out to land an internship in an act of millenial gonzo-film making. After David accepts an internship at the United Nations, they move into a small blue tent on the Geneva lakefront and begin documenting the experience. Their action sparks a global press storm, challenging their roles as filmmakers. (LINK)


COVID-19 Misinformation: The Role of Social Media — Julie Smith: Webster online

Julie Smith is on the faculty of the School of Communications at Webster's St Louis campus. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and specializes in ways to de-bunk information found on social media channels. Julie will be sharing tips and tricks to discern fact from fiction relating to the Corona Virus in today's media landscape.

Webster University (LINK)


Nine alternatives to Zoom for teaching online

Three of the review intros

If you have been using Zoom and want something as similar as possible to ease the transition, then Jitsi Meeting may be the platform for you. It looks very similar to Zoom and has very similar features. Jitsi can also be used in the web-browser, though there are no breakout rooms.

"WebRoom is one of my favourite virtual classrooms and the one I use by choice. It was developed by a language school owner so an understanding of teaching and the needs of language learners has been baked into the design."

GoBrunch is a fantastic resource if you are thinking about large scale webinar type lessons as well as smaller classroom-type meetings. It's a free resource developed for the education community and has a few rather unique characteristics.

P.S. Oxford TEFL has for some time been offering courses in Teaching English Online and is now offering the 100% Online CELTA so that new teachers can gain a recognised qualification online and get started with their first experiences of virtual teaching.

oxfordtefl (LINK)


A 17-year-old creates coronavirus-tracking website: has over 40 million views

The website provides the latest data on the number of confirmed cases, serious cases, deaths and people who have recovered, both worldwide and in individual countries. The site also includes an interactive Google map, travel advisories and information on the disease and its prevention.

Its creator, who also competes in ski races and hackathons, is a self-taught coder. "Everything I know is from watching YouTube videos and reading things online," he said.

newsela (LINK: requires sign-up)

Free course 'Investigative Reporting in the Digital Age' is now available online

A total 3,877 students from 147 countries and territories registered for the instructor-led version of the Knight Center course, “Investigative Reporting in the Digital Age,” which ran from Feb. 3 to March 1, 2020. The self-directed version of the MOOC (massive open online course) is now available online. (LINK)

Singapore stops teachers using Zoom app after 'very serious incidents'

One of the incidents involved obscene images appearing on screens and strange men making lewd comments during the streaming of a geography lesson with teenage girls, according to local media reports.

reuters (LINK)

Jean-Luc Godard gives Instagram live masterclass on 'images in times of coronavirus'

The director shared his knowledge during a masterclass hosted live on 7 April on Instagram by the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), an arts and design university located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

independent (LINK)

Dyson's 44 experiments will teach your kids engineering, and they're free

fastcompany (LINK)

Open Culture promotes itself as the best free cultural and educational media on the web

1300 free online courses, 1150 free movies, 800 free books, 700 free audio books, 200 free ebooks, 300 free language lessons

openculture (LINK)

EPFL-invented 'SmartBra' can detect cancer

20min (LINK), in French, requires disabling adblocker

UN System Staff College announces course on UN Leadership in Times of Uncertainty

As a response to the COVID-19 situation, this free online learning path is designed to support the most valuable resource of the UN system: our people. This is a self-paced modular programme available to all UN staff during April and May 2020.

unssc (LINK)

PythonByteSize classes now free

In addition to the videos there are exercises suitable for classes and individual learners.

pythonbytesize (LINK)

Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

learninglab (LINK)

Travel Plans on Hold? You Can Visit 500 International Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Home Thanks to Google

artnet (LINK)

700 rare films for free viewing

Site in French only (LINK)

Stuck at home? Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators

fastcompany (LINK)

Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums

Has an intrusive dropdown seeking whitelisting and donations.

openculture (LINK)

How to use Screencastify for Remote Teaching

12-minute video on using the Google Chrome extension.

controlaltachieve (LINK)

500 Free Online Courses From Ivy League Schools That Will Make You Smarter (and Less Stir Crazy)

inc (LINK)

Social Justice in Public Health Modules

Modules drawn from multiple sources and originally developed for a fully online course in "Social Justice in Public Health", offered to University of Wisconsin students interested in earning a Master of Public Health degree.

wicphet (LINK)

Newsela online courses free for 2020 because of coronavirus

It tells teachers it is "Helping you plan and continue instruction during the COVID-19 crisis. Start by initiating your complimentary access to Newsela ELA, Newsela Social Studies, Newsela Science, and The Newsela SEL Collection through the 2019/2020 school year."

newsela (LINK)

Free online course (1-2 hours) on coronavirus

Coronavirus - What you need to know also offers certificate. Nearly 150,000 students subscribed. Rated 4.1 stars out of five.

alison (LINK)

Guide to Model UN

eurospan (LINK)


U.S. Council on Foreign Relations Presents World101, a Free Online Course That Explains the Forces Shaping Our World

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has released World101, a free online course that explains the fundamentals of international relations and foreign policy. Using multimedia storytelling, World101 invites those who are new to international relations to investigate what lies at the core of the most important global topics. The program is intended for people of any age, both inside and outside of formal academic settings. The first two units are available now, with modules dedicated to individual topics. The World101 library will expand to include six units.

"The program is flexible: the videos, maps, charts, timelines, and essays that make up a module can be accessed individually or reviewed as a whole," said CFR Vice President of Education Caroline Netchvolodoff. "And each module comes with a library of teaching resources for instructors who plan to use World101 in their classrooms."

World101 is complemented by Model Diplomacy, CFR's free simulation program that gives students, educators, and others the opportunity to step into the roles of decision-makers on the U.S. National Security Council and UN Security Council.


Where My Postgrad Took Me: International Strategy & Diplomacy

The Executive MSc International Strategy & Diplomacy programme at LSE IDEAS

postgraduate search (LINK)

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