Seventeen academics have been selected for the 2021 research fellowship of West Africa’s fact-checking platform, Dubawa.
The 17 selected from four West African countries comprise six post-doctoral and 11 research fellows.
They were selected from over 71 applications received from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. Ten of the fellows were from Nigeria, four from Ghana, two from The Gambia and one from Sierra Leone.
“The fellows, in the next couple of months, are expected to create robust knowledge on issues around fact-checking with a key focus on the sub-region,” PTCIJ’s Executive Director, Dapo Olorunyomi, said on the enlarged research intake for the year.
He added that some thematic areas have been identified to serve as guides for the fellows.
In a hybrid form, the fellows were between 26 and 28 May trained on fact-checking and engaged on selected thematic areas of research.
Now in its third year, the 2021 fellowship is christened Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship in honour of Ghanaian Professor, Kwame Karikari.
Earlier in May, Dubawa trained twenty-six (26) fact-checking fellows across the sub-region.
DUBAWA is an independent, transparent, and non-partisan verification and fact-checking platform, initiated by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in 2018.
Dubawa aims at instituting a culture of truth and verification in public discourse and journalism through strategic partnerships between the media, government, civil society organisations, technology giants, and the public.
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