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Workshop on Media Doctor Toolkit and Critical Appraisal Skills Program at the Peking University

The workshop on Media Doctor Toolkit and Critical Appraisal Skills Program was conducted at the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University on 23rd June.

The aim of the workshop was to introduce to the participants the concept of Media Doctor ToolKit and Critical Appraisal Skills Program and to share the experience of running the same program in India. The workshop was facilitated and funded by School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University.

Particularly, since the Peking University School of Journalism and Communication, is going to launch a new program on Health Communication in the fall of 2017, the workshop focused on sharing the module that was developed for the students of journalism in India.

Mr. Kannan Krishnaswamy from The George Institute for Global Health explained the Media Doctor ToolKit and provided a hands on experience to the participants by engaging them in analyzing news articles that were selectively chosen from Chinese media websites like China Daily, Xinhua News etc. using the Media Doctor ToolKit. The development and use of Critical Appraisal Skills Program was also explained and included an overview of the different ways in which CASP has been used worldwide.

The participants greatly appreciated the hands-on experience provided through analyzing the Chinese media articles, which led to interesting debates on various topics and the professors at Peking University found the content of the workshop useful and expressed interest to integrate it with a health communications course that the School of Journalism and Communication, will be launching shortly.