The Dubawa Nigeria- Ghana fact checking fellowship.
Fact checkers across Africa have been urged to put professionalism forward as they can’t afford to commit errors in the process of cross checking facts
The executive Director, premium times centre for investigative journalism PTCIJ, AND Publisher of the premium times Mr Dapo Olorunyomi disclosed this at the second phase of the induction training for selected fellows of Dubawa across Africa.
According to Mr Olorunyomi, it is important that fact checkers put into consideration rudiments of fact checking so to avoid running into trouble of distortion of facts.
The programme which will run for four days will feature trainings on The information disorder Ecosystem: Types, Psychology of
Misinformation (confirmation bias etc)
-Involvement of Technology
-Techniques and Trends -Mechanisms(Analysing the process of spread),What journalism is
-Role of journalists in ensuring accountability
-Context of Accountability Journalism: Constitutional/ legal backing
-Verification and truth in the practice of journalism.
-What gets in the way of
Journalism(Economic model etc) ,What fact-checking is
-Trajectory of fact-checking – What claims are and how to identify them
-Monitoring and Newsgathering on social-media
-Distinguishing between reporting and Fact-checking
And host of other topics.
The fellowship funders National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBS) as follows.“The Dubawa Fellowship is Supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation Abuja office and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) which will run through six months.
Other facilitators include . PTCIJ Program Director Tosin Alagbe,Caroline Anipah, Akintunde Babatunde, Adedeji Adekunle.
Participants at the fellowship include two reporters from Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state, Folashade Seye-Ojo and Atinuke Seun-Ige.