Telegram 101 for Journalists

Published on
April 22, 2022


Reporters and researchers working in newsrooms and at academic institutions are invited to a 1-hour training session with the Technology and Social Change team at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, to learn how to investigate and analyze Telegram.

As Russia’s war on Ukraine escalates, Telegram continues to be an increasingly vital source of news for people in Ukraine and Russia. It is also a place where journalists and information researchers must pay attention in order to track information operations, the information ecosystem, and the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation.

In this crash course, our experts will walk you through the history, structure, and research potential of Telegram. We will offer hands-on demonstrations and tips for navigating and using Telegram in your reporting.

Suggested readings on the history of Telegram


Harm Reduction Security Guide on Using Telegram (2022)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/03/telegram-harm-reduction-users-russia-and-ukraine

Tipsheet Resources

Senior Research Fellow Jane Lytvynenko maps out the infrastructure of instant-messaging service Telegram and how researchers can navigate it.

Research Fellow Martin Rooke walks through how one can create bulk data analysis from Telegram's infrastructure ecosystem.