Four Radio Univers volunteers have been selected by Dubawa-Ghana for its Campus Fact-Checking project.
The four are Emerald Abena Grant, James Paa Kweku Eshun, Christian Yalley – all of the University of Ghana, and Jeffrey Nyabor from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
They are among several others from various tertiary institutions including the Institute of Business Management and Journalism, Catholic University College, University for Development Studies and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who were selected for the project.
These students are currently receiving training into fact-checking from Dubawa-Ghana.
The training is scheduled to end on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Trainers at the workshop include Caroline Anipah,Maxine Danso, and Roselena Ahiable – all senior researchers at Dubawa Ghana, and Tanko Musa Zakaria, a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
The students are learning, amongst others, how to conduct a full-fledged fact-check exercise and how to use multimedia verification tools for fact-checking.
Speaking to UniversNews, Programmes Officer for Dubawa Ghana, Caroline Anipah, explained that the project was aimed at bringing together students from tertiary institutions across the country and give them practical experiences when it comes to journalism and fact-checking.
She observed that of journalism, a lot of the times, do not have access to practise the profession before they get into the career.”
This, she said, was giving rise to a lot of ethical lapses, hence, the need for such a project to give young people practical experiences.
“Through this project, we seek to give them some experience, get them to write, to do fact-checking, which we’d publish and also create a network of young reporters from [all campuses] so they get to know themselves and the ecosystem before going out to practise professionally,” she said.
She added that;
“We can’t just leave [student journalists] to be taught in school without any practical experience before they go out into the world…I think some schools are trying, they compel their journalism students to intern with media organizations so they get the hands-in experience but not everyone does”
Caroline Anipah was hopeful that the students, after the training, would begin to use the fact-checking skills they have been exposed to in their campus media work.
She also mentioned that Dubawa Ghana was looking at including the students in their fact-checking team.