Fact checking for elections

April 17, 2017
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Your readers and listeners trust you as a journalist to convey correct information. This makes fact checking an important part of your work as a reporter, broadcaster, editor, or producer. It is particularly important to fact-check information provided during interviews to avoid airing misinformation from your sources. Misinformation can make your audience distrust you.

As elections approach in several African countries, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with TRI Facts at Africa Check, is offering a training to provide journalists with skills, tools, and resources for fact checking in an African context.

The five-day workshop will take place in Nairobi in June. It will include practical exercises for fact-checking political claims during an election campaign and after elections. Participants will be invited to submit proposals for stories, and selected stories will receive one-to-one mentoring from experts.

Journalists and editors who work for domestic media in any medium—print, radio, television, or online —are invited to apply. Preference will be given to journalists from countries with upcoming elections, including Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, and Zimbabwe.

All transportation and subsistence costs for participants will be covered.

The application deadline is May 1.

For more information and to apply, go to:

http://www.trust.org/media-development/opportunities/?sfid=a05D000000kc23MIAQ&sfProgId=a15D0000018xQe5IAE&areaOfFocus=Governance%20and%20Human%20Rights