Media literacy

US supports training of 1,000 young people in media literacy project

The US government has expressed support for training 1,000 youth and 170 radio journalists in media literacy.

A statement titled “US Supports Media Literacy Project to Build Capacity of 170 Radio Journalists and 1,000 Youth” disclosed the launch of the Media Literacy Project.

The US Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy and the Enugu Literacy Society to launch the project titled “Project Fact Check Nigeria”.

Speaking at the workshop’s opening ceremony in Lagos on Monday, US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli noted that responsible media is necessary for a healthy democracy.

Ibelli said: “By promoting media literacy, we are strengthening the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law which are the cornerstones of our democratic system.

Using the Young African Leaders Initiative’s existing media literacy program, the project would also teach 1,000 young leaders the basics of digital fact-checking.

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As part of the project, WABMA and ELS have partnered with 17 participating radio stations to produce and broadcast media literacy and anti-disinformation programming over the next 12 months.

“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.

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