Dubawa Inducts Journalists, Researchers For 2021 Fact-checking Fellowship

The West African fact-checking platform has selected 26 applicants to participate in its 2021 research and fact-checking fellowship.

The West African fact-checking platform under the aegis of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Dubawa, has inducted 26 journalists and researchers for its 2021 fact-checking and research fellowship.

According to Dubawa, 26 successful applicants were drawn from over 200 applications received from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The fellows who started activities on Tuesday, May 18, will undergo training to equip them in combating disinformation and misinformation in West Africa.

Adedeji Adekunle, the Dubawa Programmes Manager, said the selected fellows would undergo a 10-course module and evidence of participation would be given to them upon completion.

He further said the training would be conducted by leading global experts in fact-checking.

Among the trainers expected to lead the program are Peter Cunliffe-Jones, founder of Africa Check and current course co-director/researcher at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom; Youri van der Weide, researcher and trainer at the global investigative organisation, Bellingcat; and Craig Silverman, author, trainer, and the digital editor, at BuzzFeed.

Others include Prof. Kwame Karikari, former professor, School of Communications, University of Ghana, Legon and Chairman of the Board of the Daily Graphic newspaper in Accra; Dr Chido Onumah, coordinator of the African Centre for Information and Media Literacy, AFRICMIL; Kemi Busari, Editor of DUBAWA; Deji Adekunle, DUBAWA Programme Manager; Caroline Anipah, Ghana Programme Lead for DUBAWA; and Dapo Olorunyomi, Executive Director for the PTCIJ.

The fellows will also learn fact-checking methodology, the skills and steps involved in fact-checking, ethics of journalism and fact-checking, data presentation and analysis for fact-checking, media literacy, monitoring and analysis of social media content and accounts, investigating websites, as well as freedom of information/right to Information laws in West Africa and the verification of digital tools.

The 2021 Fellowship program was named after Professor Kwame Karikari, redoubtable media freedom advocate and founder of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

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