Company shines light on fake news and more at 6th Journalists’ Symposium

By Doris Obinna

Nigerian Telecom service provider 9mobile recently held a virtual capacity building session for journalists aimed at strengthening and equipping journalists with skills to improve their work process and make them more effective in their assignments. In attendance were journalists from print and online news platforms.

This sixth edition of the capacity-building session focused on two distinct themes, “Storytelling: Embracing features in new media,” moderated by digital strategist and founder, Hybrid Tech, Adeoye-Wilson Kupolati, and “Fake News: Uncovering the truth,” moderated by editor/political analyst, Kayode Ladeinde, and both had a significant impact on attendees.

Executive Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs at 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, represented by 9mobile Public Relations Manager, Chineze Amanfo, while stressing the importance of themes, said: more crucial to ask the question, how to find out fake news and separate the truth from the lies? We are happy that the facilitators of this training have the pedigree and experience to guide us to the right answers.

Amanfo noted that the knowledge imparted to participants during the training would help them work smarter and even create a collaborative space with their colleagues in a transparent and professional manner.

She commended the journalists for their continued participation in the training and said the session had indeed lived up to expectations.

Ladeinde, in his presentation, educated attendees on identifying fake news items and their sources. He shed light on the negative impact of fake news on society, urging media professionals to be guided by the principles of the profession. He said, “Breaking news remains an essential ingredient in the journalism industry; misleading news can cause great damage and ultimately shatter the brand you may have worked hard to build.

Some platforms to check fake news include “About this result”, “Fact check search item” and “Google reverse image search”. The easiest way to identify fake news is to subject the news headline or its keywords to Google Search verification, Ladeinde added.

For his part, Kupolati highlighted the opportunities available on new media platforms due to a concentration of both old and new audiences, with the latter experiencing substantial proliferation.

He said: “There are new ways in which audiences consume news today, and it’s important to think about how audiences are changing with new media and technology. The vast population these days is the new generation consuming new media, and the features of these new platforms have become appealing to the new audience.

“The 9mobile Capacity Building Session is a quarterly training session to engage and train media professionals to improve their work.”

Robert M. Larson