A communication expert, Mr. Ike Okere has recommended inclusion of study on media literacy in the nation’s school curricular.
Mr. Okere, who gave the recommendation while speaking at a one-day free certificate training on fact-checking and countering misinformation, also called on journalists and media organizations to consider developing fact-checking sites in order to continuously disseminate credible and verifiable information that will help in maintaining stability of the society.
He explained that fake news thrives because of gullibility and unwillingness of people to check beyond the surface, urging people to maintain healthy skepticism, since according to him, even photos and videos are being manipulated for sinister motives.
Mr. Okere highlighted steps to take in stopping fake news to include considering the source, checking the author, date, biases, reading beyond headlines, as well as consulting fact-checking sites.
The event held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, was organised by the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, WABMA, in collaboration with the Enugu Literary Society, ELS, with WHAIafrica as Anambra Coordinator of Project Fact Check Nigeria, and had in attendance journalists from different media organizations in the State, including Joseph Egbeocha, Kenechukwu Chukwudi and Ifeoma Mebe of ABS, among other participants.
Highlights of the event include presentation of certificate of participation, give aways in airtime to lucky participants, as well as talk on how to study in the United States of America.