In a bid to enhance the skills and knowledge of journalists in Kwara State, Albarka FM 89.9 FM, in collaboration with the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism, hosted a day-long training session today at the Sity Inn Hotel Onikanga, GRA, Ilorin. The event focused on crucial aspects of journalism, including media ethics and law, fact-checking, and combating misinformation.
Journalists from various media stations across Kwara State gathered at the venue to participate in the comprehensive training program. The initiative aimed to equip media professionals with the tools necessary to uphold journalistic standards and contribute to the fight against the spread of misinformation.
The training kicked off with an insightful lecture on media law and ethics, delivered by Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus, the Principal Correspondent at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Mrs. Yusuf-Badmus shared her wealth of experience and expertise, emphasizing the importance of ethical reporting and the legal considerations that journalists should be mindful of in their day-to-day work.
Following the lecture on media law and ethics, Zainab Sanni, representing News Verifier, took the stage to provide a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices of fact-checking. Fact-checking has become an essential tool in investigative journalism, ensuring accuracy and credibility in news reporting. Ms. Sanni delved into the methodologies and techniques of fact-checking, highlighting its significance in combating the proliferation of misinformation in the media landscape.
The training session included practical assignments on fact-checking, allowing journalists to apply the skills they had acquired. These hands-on exercises aimed to reinforce the theoretical knowledge provided during the lectures and empower journalists to actively contribute to maintaining the integrity of news reporting.
Participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to enhance their professional skills and stay abreast of the evolving landscape of journalism. The collaboration between Albarka FM and the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism demonstrates a commitment to fostering excellence in media practice and upholding the highest ethical standards in journalism.
As the media landscape continues to evolve, such initiatives play a crucial role in ensuring that journalists are well-equipped to navigate the challenges of the industry, uphold the truth, and serve the public interest. Albarka FM and the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism are applauded for their efforts in advancing the skills and knowledge of media professionals in Kwara State.