UCJ Unimaid trains members on fact-checking reportage

By our reporter

Union of Campus Journalists, University of Maiduguri Chapter in collaboration with Mythos Labs and the support of the Embassy of the United States of America has trained Campus Journalists on countering misinformation and disinformation to curb the spread of unverified content which might cause disunity among the populace.

One of the facilitators, who is acting President of UCJ Unimaid, Zainab Yetunde Adam disclosed this during the training held at the UNIMAID American Space Maiduguri on Tuesday.

She said that it would enhance the capacity of the trainees and promote peace in society.

She said, “Misinformation and disinformation need to be sieved out of our minds as we create content here and there,”

Also speaking, Rukaiyatu Idris who dwelt on content creation, urged the participants to be weary of their security by using strong passwords and modifying them at intervals.

She continued, “In doing this, participants should be skscepticalnd stop the contents before sharing while using fact-checking tools such as Tineye, Google Reverse Image Search, Webmii and others,” Zainab urged.

One of the participants Godiya Jacob said the training was informed and educative considering the situations in the country where unverified information had been used as a tool to incite violence and hatred.

“It was impactful and appealed more of this training will help to reduce misinformation in our society.”She said.

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