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Africa Check Trains Journalists in Fact-checking 

Africa Check—an international fact-checking platform— in collaboration with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), has hosted a two-day fact-checking masterclass training for South African editors, journalists, and bloggers in July 2022.


The training, which was held at Amber Residence GRA-Ikeja, Lagos State, focused on enlightening journalists and media members on how to fact-check claims in their work using faster and easily accessible tools.


In his session, the Community Researcher for Africa Check, Mr Allwell Okapi, enlightened the Journalists on general tips to determine facts and opinions.


Also, Seyi Awojulugbe, in her session, explained the standard tools used in fact-checking, while David Ajikobi gave the difference between misinformation, disinformation and what Infodermics meant.


In an interview with the Managing Director of Roundcheck, Ikulajolu Adesola, he revealed that the training served as an eye opener, adding that it would assist his journalism career. 


“Some of the tools learned and the fact-checking techniques will be helpful even as a young editor. It will help to understand how best to examine fact-check reports.”


He further stated that the training was an excellent opportunity for Roundcheckers who were seeking ways to improve.


“Since they are building a large network of young fact-checkers, the training has positioned many ethics and methods of writing fact-checks. As journalists are prepared to combat misinformation, especially underreported ones.”


Ikulajolu expressed disappointment that journalists still spread fake news in their reports.


“My word for those journalists was to remember to authenticate their reports before reports. Fake news can set the nation ablaze. Let’s unite to fight it.”


He commended Africa Check for consistently training journalists on fact-checking.


More so, the Executive Director of Roundcheck, Caleb Ijeoma, revealed that the Africa Check training was thorough and insightful as journalists must integrate fact-checking into their reports to curtail the possible spread of false information.


“This training is important to Roundcheck as some of our team members were present at the training because we believe the knowledge gathered will be used to effectively combat false information through our reports. We are always open to training and resources that would help us effectively achieve our objective, which is to reduce the spread of false information and to educate the public on the dangers that lie in spreading it.”


Caleb maintained that Roundcheck, as a youth-led organisation with a large network of youths, would generally engage young people and the public with knowledge and skills gathered during the training. 


“Combating false information is a collective duty, and we are always open.


“Africa check had been at the forefront of combating false information. The foremost fact-checking organisation has done much to sensitize the public on the dangers of false information through their reports and training.


“Africa Check is doing great work, and it’s highly commendable and people should learn to always check claims and information before sharing them.”


He urged journalists to check their sources and fact-check the information they receive from them as it would be helpful.


The training was graced by many young and old media personnel, journalists, radio presenters, television workers, broadcasters, media scholars, and executives, among others.


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