ICIR, Germany to train journalists on countering misinformation, call for application 

In its bid to ensure professionalism, avert misinformation (fake News) and promote media literacy in Nigeria, the international center for investigative reporting (ICIR) in collaboration with the Federal Republic of Germany organizes a training program for Nigerian journalists.

In a statement signed by the Programs Officer, International Centre for Investigative Reporting, Alfred Akerele and a copy made available to SMARTS NEWS revealed that the ICIR calls for application from qualified candidate for the training, saying the application opens on Tuesday, September 12 and ends on Friday, September 22, 2023. 

“The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) invites applications from suitable and qualified journalists for its “Countering Misinformation and Prom kooting Media Literacy in Nigeria Project”. it explained 

Photo credit: ICIR. Journalists during training on Promoting Democratic Governance

According to the program officer, the training for Countering Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy project aims to reduce the dissemination and impact of misinformation in Nigeria by promoting media literacy and responsible information sharing among citizens.

Alfred Akerele noted that the ICIR is an independent, non–profit media organization that aims to promote good governance in Nigeria through robust investigative, data-driven reporting. 

“Our goal is to build a culture of watchdog reporting for the media in Nigeria. In the last five years, the Centre has worked to build the capacity for journalists to undertake investigative, data-driven reporting, thus strengthening accountability and engendering effective service delivery for the welfare of the citizens, particularly at the sub-regional level.” the statement said

The ICIR FactCheckHub was set up amid the infodemic that came with COVID-19 in 2020 and has become one of Nigeria’s most credible verification platforms working to increase its capacity, visibility and impact in Nigeria. 

The Countering Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy project is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Abuja. 

For this training, 30 journalists will be selected from different media organizations in Nigeria. 

The training will build capacity and provide financial support for selected journalists to provide critical fact-check content, leading to responsible journalism and higher information quality in Nigeria.

Candidates with a minimum of two years’ experience practicing as journalists working in print, electronic and online media can apply. Freelancers with a track record of critical fact-checking skills are also welcome. 

Intending participants must provide proof of previous fact-checking content published in the last 12 months

Applications are therefore requested from journalists who meet the stipulated eligibility criteria. 

Candidates can only apply for this project online through a link provided

Being a gender-inclusive organization, the Centre strongly encourages qualified female journalists to apply.


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