LASU steps up efforts to produce more student fact checkers
This was announced during a one-day training session organized by the university’s Faculty of Communication in collaboration with Dubawa, Nigeria’s premier fact-checking platform.
The training, led by Dr. Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle, Faculty journalism professor and postdoctoral fellow at Dubawa, aimed to equip undergraduates with the practical skills needed to report news ethically and the digital tools needed to verify information disorder.
Remember that in 2020, a student of the faculty, Oluwaseye Ogunsanya became the first finalist for the African Checks Award, Student Journalist category.
By educating participants on how to write fact-checking stories and the digital tools used to verify fake news, Dubawa’s public engagement manager, Mr. Lateef Sanni, instructed student journalists to detach the emotions from the stories and be very skeptical in order to confirm the veracity of the story.
Sanni further listed Yandex, Google Image, YouTube Data View, and Tin Eye as some of the digital tools that students could use to check news, and also showed students how to access the tools and use them to check facts. .
The President of Researchers and Communication Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), and former Dean of the Faculty, Professor Lai Oso advised student journalists to maintain a critical attitude towards anything they read or see in the media, saying that a report’s authenticity must be confirmed before it is believed to be true.
“As a communication student you need to play a fact-checking role, be critical and not be biased, ” he said.
Previously, the dean of the faculty, Professor Yinka Alawode while addressing the students, they said the ability to use technology to create false information is becoming a global threat to the security of citizens and the security of nations.
Alawode, who was represented by Dr Omolade Atofojomo, noted that the lack of training of citizen journalists and the quest to generate publicity by online news organizations using click bait has almost erased the ethics of journalism and the social responsibility of the press.
“As a media training institution, we owe it to ourselves to provide you with all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to report on the news ethically and to provide information education to the public. . We are therefore excited about the contributions of our faculty members and students to tackle the Information Disorder in Nigeria and we will give them all the support they need to continue providing this essential service. ” he said.
Alawode also announced that LASU Radio 95.7 FM would soon begin a weekly fact-checking program that would broadcast information on material fact-checks that had been carried out by Dubawa the previous week.
According to him, this would help young listeners to fight the information disorder and create a community of young people who are better informed about the media.