Michael Olatunbosun of Splash FM Completes Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship

One of Splash FM’s finest Political programme presenters, Michael Olatunbosun has completed the 2021 fellowship for fact-checkers organised by the West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa. The platform, under the aegis of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), announced the commencement of the yearly fellowship in Abuja on May 17, 2021.

To mark the end of the fact-checking training, the Programme Officer Dubawa Nigeria, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, ONILEDE, Temilade, said the end of fellowship wrap up programme will be held on Friday, February 25 in Abuja, while awards and certificates will be handed out to the fellows.

Olatunbosun, was part of the twenty-six successful applicants, drawn from over 200 applications in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, who started the training from Tuesday, May 18, 2021. They were inducted into the 2021 cohort of fact-checkers in November, 2021 to combat misinformation in the West African sub-region.

During the course of the training, Olatubosun and other participants at the course learnt about the accountability journalism ecosystem in the sub-region; how to fix the current information disorder through legal, regulatory responses and through misinformation literacy.

They also learnt fact-checking methodology, the skills and steps involved in fact-checking, ethics of journalism and fact-checking; data presentation and analysis for fact-checking, media literacy, monitoring and analysis of social media content and accounts; investigating websites, as well as freedom of information/right to Information laws in West Africa and the verification of digital tools.

The 2021 fellowship is christened Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking and Research Fellowship in honour of Ghanaian Professor, Kwame Karikari, and it is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Credit: Lagelu 96.7 FM

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