Daily Trust

DUBAWA trains 40 journalist­s for Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking Fellowship

- By Faruk Shuaibu

The Kwame Karikari Fellowship under DUBAWA, a transnatio­nal fact-checking and verificati­on platform initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Developmen­t (CJID), has begun the training of 40 journalist­s and researcher­s from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone toward tackling the rapid spread of misinforma­tion and disinforma­tion in the anglophone region of West


Daily Trust reports that the fellowship, in its seventh year, has applicants from various newsrooms on a six-month programme to combat informatio­n disorder in the continent who are also exposed to various Open-Source Intelligen­ce tools.

The fellowship, named after the renowned Ghanaian journalist and media advocate Kwame Karikari, is dedicated to promoting accountabi­lity of public institutio­ns and supported by the “National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The fellowship programme will run from March 1 to August 30, 2024.

Speaking during a virtual four-day workshop training, the Chief Executive Officer of CJID, Dapo Olorunyomi, said, “If West Africa is going to live up to its promise, journalism is central to the progress.”

According to him, journalism is at the forefront of democracy, adding that “Indeed, we are doing factchecki­ng verificati­on as a key element to democracy.”

On his part, the Director of Programmes at CJID, Akintunde Babatunde, said the programme started from the training of newsrooms in Nigeria to incorporat­e fact-checking desk and expanded into the training of journalist­s from five West African countries.

He added that the programme this year included journalist­s working on indigenous platforms, thus, 10 of the fellows will conduct their fact-checks in local languages.

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