DUBAWA Ghana, with support from the United States Embassy in Ghana, has commenced the second phase of its fact-checking training for journalists in non-urban communities in the Volta, Bono, and Western regions of Ghana.
The first training occurred in Ho last week, with 20 journalists from 20 media organisations receiving fact-checking training within two days.
The goal of this initiative is to provide journalists practising in the often neglected constituencies in the media ecosystem, that is, non-urban communities of Ghana, with some fact-checking skills. Sixty journalists will be trained in Ho, Sunyani, and Takoradi, and nine will be provided with a three-mentorship to incorporate fact-checking into their work under the project.
The project objectives include:
- A two-day residential training: A two-day training will be conducted in each of the three selected regions, with each batch comprising 20 participants/trainees.
- A three-month mentorship programme: Nine participants selected from the training will be mentored and will benefit from hands-on experience to produce fact-checked reports and to incorporate the knowledge and skills gained in their work.
Commenting on the significance of fact-checking training for journalists practising in non-urban communities in Ghana, Team Lead for DUBAWA Ghana and Deputy Director for Fact-checking, Verification, and Media Literacy Practice at the CJID, Caroline Anipah, emphasised the importance of this global fight against information disorder.
“It is our responsibility to equip journalists in understanding and helping to fight this troubling menace of information disorder plaguing the media space. For that reason, journalists in non-urban communities are included in all our interventions to facilitate reaching the grassroots, ” Anipah said.
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DUBAWA is a West African independent verification and fact-checking project initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) and supported by the most influential newsrooms and civic organisations in West Africa to help amplify the culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice. It is present in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.