BY AUGUSTINA OKINEDO

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, journalists have been charged to fact-check information in order not to be a voyager of fake news.

This was part of issues discussed at a two day skills enhancement and capacity building session for female journalists in Abuja the federal Capital Territory.

The workshop was organised by the International Press Centre IPC in collaboration with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ and other lead partners under the component 4: of the European Union support to democratic governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN ll) project.

Presenting a paper on the place of fact checking, the editor Africa-Check, Mr David Ajikobi said that the media space had been awash with fake news, publications, videos with the intention to mislead the general public.

Editor, Africa-Check, Mr David Ajikobi

Mr Ajikobi informed that with the use technology, perpetrators of fake news had be able to deceive many media houses hence extra caution should be applied in verifying information before it is sent out for public consumption.

He also charged them to make use of some online applications that could assist a journalist to ascertain whether a picture, video, website or social media handles are fake before disseminating such information.

Also Presenting a paper, the founder Journalistm Clinic: Mr Taiwo Obe charged journalists to report issues that are impactful on the wellbeing of the people.

Founder of Journalism clinic, Mr Taiwo Obe

Mr Obe advised them to always be in control of situations by handling their working gadgets diligently in order to obtain clearer pictures, videos and actualities.

On her part, a veteran broadcaster, Mrs Moji Makanjuola emphasised that women journalists have a great role to play in projecting women in politics and also the vulnerable in the society.

Veteran Journalist, Mrs Moji Makanjuola

Mrs makanjuola reiterated that women journalists must strive to improve on their writing and reporting skills to set agenda around women development even in a male dominated profession.

Earlier in a welcome address the executive chairman IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade said the aim of the workshop is to enhance professionalism in media reportage in the build up to the  2023 general elections.

Executive Chairman, IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade

Mr Arogundade cautioned journalists to be mindful of their choice of words so as not to overheat the polity.

NAWOJ PRESIDENT, Mrs Ladi Bala

In her own contribution, NAWOJ President, Mrs Ladi Bala challenged  women journalists to plough back knowledge gained during the workshop to further enhance the media profession.

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