Nyamdari Baigalmaa

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Empower Future Journalists NowMongolia

Nyamdari Baigalmaa is a journalist working for the Mongolian news outlet GoGo. She is the former editor-in-chief of the YOLO website. Nyamdari took on her new role at GoGo to further her career as a journalist. With GoGo, she conducts interviews, hosting a series with foreign ambassadors when they come to Mongolia on mission. She specializes in education, writing most of her articles on this subject.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Empower Future Journalists Now

The project empowered a total of 114 future journalists to combat fake news and disinformation. The project featured a hackathon, a series of workshops about media literacy and a media tour with university students. During the media tour, Nyamdari took 30 students to three newsrooms in Ulaanbaatar to meet with editors and chiefs, where they learned about disinformation and editorial policy. The workshops provided a space where students studying journalism learned to identify reputable sources of information, laws surrounding journalism, trends in global journalism, the role of journalists in elections, and fact checking. At the end of the project, the students participated in the hackathon where they were able to brainstorm together and solidify the knowledge gained in the first two stages of the project. In the end, the students reported that they gained more knowledge about journalistic integrity, the challenges facing journalists in today's world, and how to handle disinformation. Specifically, according to a post-workshop survey, 98.4% of students reported that the project was very effective and said they would share their knowledge with their junior students, creating an even bigger impact of the project in the long-term.

"By participating in this project, I not only deepened the content I learned in class about identifying and verifying fake news and disinformation, but also learned about media self-regulation and professional editorial policies.” - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Nyamdari was a participant in the IVLP Project Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation for the Indo-Pacific, organized by the U.S. Department of State and World Learning.

Nyamdari's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "I was inspired by Al Tompkins, Author at Poynter institute. His speech and experience were so interesting... he showed us how to recognize fake news and taught us methods to detect disinformation... I want to share it with others as [he shared with us]."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; Atlanta, GA

Country: Mongolia 

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