IPC builds media capacity on combating information disorder

The International Press Centre (IPC) has organised a two-day workshop to enhance the capabilities of journalists about the critical issues of fact-checking and the effective utilisation of Freedom of Information (FOI) tools to combat misinformation within reports on democratic governance.

The two-day workshop forms part of a three-part training series, which commenced in Ondo State. The series is aimed at equiping journalists across the country with indispensable tools and expertise to navigate challenges prevalent in the digital age, while emphasising the significance of accountability and ethical standards.

Anticipated outcomes of this training program include the establishment of a network of journalists identified as IPC/EUSDGN fellows specialising in fact-checking, investigative journalism, and FOI reporting.

Esteemed resource persons leading the discussions include Dr. Titi Osuagwu from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Mr. Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda, and Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director of the International Press Centre.

Their expertise promises to guide engaging and productive dialogues, offering unique insights into a spectrum of pertinent issues.

The culmination of this workshop will not only elevate the quality of journalism but also reinforce the crucial role that media plays in upholding transparency and accountability in society.

With the guidance of esteemed professionals in the field, journalists are poised to emerge as champions of truth and guardians of democracy.

Through collaborative efforts and the sharing of best practices, the impact of this initiative is expected to resonate far beyond the confines of the workshop, fostering a culture of responsible reporting and informed citizenry.

The IPC’s commitment to nurturing a community of skilled and ethically-grounded journalists serves as a beacon of hope in combating the widespread dissemination of misinformation.

The IPC envisions that the seeds of knowledge planted will bear fruit in the form of empowered, conscientious journalists dedicated to upholding the principles of integrity and accuracy in their reporting endeavors.

The two-day workshop is made possible through the support of the European Union as part of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria II project.

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