West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, DUBAWA, will, from Monday, December 5, kickstart the 2022/2023 Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking Fellowship with training.
In its fourth year, the fellowship was initiated to combat misinformation in the West African sub-region. This year’s fellowship has 21 fellows selected from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.
As part of the induction program, fellows will undergo a four-day fact-checking training scheduled from Monday, December 5 2022, to Thursday, December 8 2022. However, the fellowship will commence fully in January 2023 and will engage the fellows for three months till March 2023.
Participants will learn about accountability journalism, the media’s role in the sub-region, and how to fix the current information disorder through legal and regulatory responses and information literacy.
Other aspects, such as the general practice and methodology of fact-checking, Media and Information Literacy (MIL), fact-checking tools, i.e. advanced search, Google fact-checking resource (photo and video verification), digital security, social media platform investigation, and geolocation, will also be exposed to the fellows.
Named after Professor Kwame Karikari, redoubtable media freedom advocate and founder of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), the fellowship is inspired by the need to tackle the menace of mis and disinformation within the sub-region and beyond.
The fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).