Journalists From Five Anglophone Nations Begin Fact-Checking Training

A four-day virtual training on fact-checking for 21 journalists from five African countries has begun.

The participants are beneficiaries of the 2022/2023 Kwame KariKari Fact-checking Fellowship facilitated by Dubawa, a frontline media innovation training platform in Nigeria with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Rasheedat Iliyas one of the participants

At the opening of the four-day virtual training, participants were coached on the rudiments of fact-checking and its importance to good governance.

In an opening remark,
Director of Operations, Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, CJID, Mrs Oluwatosin Alagbe, explained that the fellowship was the 4th and in honor of a Ghanaian Professor, Kwame KariKari.

Mrs Alagbe, who urged the fellows to participate actively in the training, stated that the ultimate goal of the fellowship is to build a team of journalists who would ensure that the information space is sanitized.

In a presentation, Managing Editor, Premium Times, Mr Idris Alooba, spoke on various forms of journalism as well as interlink between journalism and good governance.

DUBAWA Ghana representative, Caroline Anipah, also spoke extensively on information disorder, fact-checking procedure and how fact-checking can be deployed to verify claims.

Harmony FM’s Rasheedat Oladotun Iliyas is participating in the training which will end on Friday this week.

The three months Kwame KariKari fellowship will commence in January next year.

Participants are from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

By Rasheedat Iliyas

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