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13 journalists selected for fact-checking fellowship

Published by The Nation on Wed, 08 Jul 2020


By Alao AbiodunThe Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its fact-checking project, Dubawa, has selected 13 journalists to begin its 2020 fact-checking fellowship.A statement released by the Programme Assistant, Temilade Onilede, said the 13 journalists were selected out of 104 entries received.The shortlist, the statement said, followed a call for application rolled out on June 2, 2020.This fellowship brings together journalists from print, electronic and online media from Nigeria and Ghana respectively.It is expected to begin in July and end December 2020.Read Also:Nigerian Journalist shines at international awardThe 2020 Dubawas fact-checking fellows are expected to tackle misinformation and hold political elites accountable for their words, action. And also, expand the reach of verified information to grassroots communities.The selected journalists, after scaling the two stages of selectionfilling an application form and attending a virtual interviewwill be trained in a four-day intensive training.Fellows will take courses on the misinformation ecosystem, accountability Journalism, fact-checking methodology, FOI implementation, Data presentation and analysis, and fact-checking/verification tools as an innovation to todays journalism.Meanwhile, The Nations reporter, Alao Abiodun was selected out of the pool of applicants to participate in this years programme. In 2019, Justina Asishana, The Nations Niger state correspondent got selected in the maiden edition of the fellowship programme.The Dubawa Fellowship is supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation Abuja office.
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