US supports media literacy project for 170 radio journalists and 1,000 youth
Through Bimbola Oyesola
the The United States government has stated that it committed to supporting initiatives that promote and improve media literacy in Nigeria.
With the support of the United States Consulate General in Lagos, the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA) and the Enugu Literacy Society (ELS) launched “Project Fact Check Nigeria”, a project for media education and development. fight against disinformation.
The project aims to build critical thinking skills, expand digital and media literacy, and build the capacity of radio journalists to tackle disinformation and disinformation in the 17 southern states of Nigeria.
According to the embassy, through the project, more than 170 radio hosts, producers and journalists will learn fact-checking skills and explore best practices for detecting fake news, disinformation and disinformation.
Speaking at the workshop’s opening ceremony in Lagos, US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli explained that a healthy democracy requires both an informed public and responsible media that provide information. truthful and objective information.
“By promoting media literacy, we are strengthening the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law which constitute the essential cornerstones of our democratic system,” noted Ibelli.
As part of the project, WABMA and ELS have partnered with the management of the 17 participating radio stations to produce and broadcast media literacy and anti-disinformation programming over the next 12 months.
Radio broadcasts and content will emphasize the importance of personal responsibility in disseminating information and also teach basic media literacy skills.
To support the production and distribution of radio shows and media education content, the United States Consulate, WABMA and ELS donated equipment, including computers, digital voice recorders, headsets and headphones. microphones at radio stations.
“In the coming months, we ask you to promote media literacy skills and educate your audience and people in your various social networks and communities to be vigilant against the threat of fake news,” Ibelli said.
A secondary component of Project Fact Check Nigeria is to teach 1,000 young leaders the basics of digital fact checking and how to separate fact from fiction and opinion using the existing media literacy program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
The consulate said participants would be empowered to educate people within their social networks and communities to promote media literacy, which helps individuals identify malicious narratives and disinformation.