During a workshop on “Combating Disinformation in a Digital Age: Fact-Checking for Responsible Journalism” organized by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, two specialists in digital communication emphasized the importance of journalists using fact-checking tools to ensure the credibility of their work and distinguish themselves from purveyors of misinformation.
Lekan Otufodunrin, the Executive Director of the Media Career Development Network and one of the specialists, highlighted the prevalence of misleading information in the news space, which has the potential to mislead and deceive people. He emphasized the need to empower journalists to understand the significance of fact-checking and apply it to their daily work.
The workshop aimed to equip journalists with the necessary skills and knowledge to combat disinformation and promote responsible journalism. By incorporating fact-checking into their reporting, journalists can enhance the quality of their reports and ensure they are evidence-based.
Otufodunrin encouraged journalists to strive for consistent fact-checking, even if it cannot be done all the time, in order to uphold the integrity and reliability of their reporting.