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USA supports Media Literacy Project for 170 radio journalists and 1,000 young people

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From Bimbola Oyesola

the The United States government said it was committed to supporting initiatives that promote and improve media literacy in Nigeria.

With the support of the US Consulate General in Lagos, the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA) and the Enugu Literacy Society (ELS) have launched the “Project Fact Check Nigeria” project, a project on media literacy and the fight against misinformation.

The project aims to strengthen critical thinking skills, expand digital and media literacy, and build the capacity of radio journalists to tackle misinformation and disinformation in the 17 states of southern Nigeria.

According to the embassy, ​​this project will develop more than 170 radio presenters, producers and reporters to develop fact-checking skills and explore best practices to identify fake news, disinformation and misinformation.

At the opening ceremony of the workshop in Lagos, Stephen Ibelli, Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate stated that a healthy democracy requires both an informed public and an accountable media that provide truthful and objective information.

“By promoting media literacy, we are strengthening the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law that serve as essential cornerstones of our democratic system,” said Ibelli.

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As part of the project, WABMA and ELS have entered into a partnership with the management of the 17 participating radio stations to produce and broadcast media literacy and to combat misinformation broadcasts over the next 12 months.

The radio broadcasts and content will highlight the importance of personal responsibility in disseminating information and also provide basic media literacy.

To support the production and broadcast of media literacy radio programs and content, the US Consulate, WABMA and ELS donated equipment such as computers, digital dictation machines, headsets and microphones to the radio stations.

“In the coming months, we ask that you promote media literacy and educate your audiences and the people on your various social networks and communities to be vigilant about the threat of false information,” Ibelli said.

A second component of the “Project Fact Check Nigeria” is to teach 1,000 young executives the basics of digital fact checking and to separate facts from fiction and opinion using the existing curriculum on media skills of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

The consulate said that attendees will be empowered to educate people on their social networks and communities to promote media literacy that will help individuals spot malicious narratives and misinformation.

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