Fact Check Your stories before Reportage, CJID Urges Journalists

By: Fortune Oyem

Journalists have been urged to always Fact check News items and Information before Reportage.

Facilitators of Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), through it’s Fact- Checking initiative, DUBAWA in Partnership with Google News initiative stated this at a two-day digital skills and fact-checking training programme for some selected journalists in the South South region of Nigeria held In Benin City, Edo State.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Director, Accountability Programme of CJID, Mr Mboho Eno, who spoke for the Director of Programme, Akintunde Babatunde, stated that the importance of Fact Checking News item before Reportage Will go along way in curbing fake News in the country.

Mr. Eno who bemoaned lots of misinformation that made headlines in most media outfits during the last general elections in Nigeria, urged journalists to Fact check stories to tackle misinformation, in view of the upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

A facilitator, Ms. Temilade Onilede noted that fact-checking was imperative in journalism as it stresses the essential elements of verification- presented to the audience.

“It’s a major role in stopping the spread of misinformation and disinformation in the society, to provide clear and professionally rigorously-vetted information to consumers. It prevents misinformation,” she said.

On their part, Other speakers which included Mrs Lois Ugbede Mr Lateef Sanni and Mr Silas Jonathan taught Participants on how on how to leverage on Google tools in Fact Checking.

About 40 journalists from electronic, print and online media organizations benefitted from the training programme.

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