Monrovia- Journalists of The Stage Media have participated in a two-day Africa Check, online fact-checking training to Improve their quality of reporting.
The training aimed to address the spread of misinformation – and disinformation across Africa, strengthen and build the fact-checking skills of the target group in the lead-up to the elections.
Carina Van Wyk, Head of Education and Training of Africa Check says it is important for journalists to engage in fact-checking before disseminating information to the public.
The training enables the Liberian journalists to understand the different types of false information and the dangers of it spreading.
Participants at the course learned how to Identify content that can be fact-checked or verified, Use practical steps and tools to debunk misinformation- and disinformation, Find accurate information and online data from credible sources, Identify “fake news” websites or false information on social media.
The training included journalists from the Gambia.
Some participants include Nukanah Kollie of Bong County, Jemuel Davis of Nimba, Gloria Wleh, Trokon Wrepue, Abraham Mulbah, all The Stage Media.
To verify the origin of pictures and videos using online fact-checking tools such as Google reverse image search, RevEye and Tineye.
Africa Check is a non-profit organization set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa while the Stage Media (TSM) is Liberia’s first fact-checking outlet that gears toward tackling disinformation and misinformation of contents.