Help Nigeria Students distinguish between Fake and Real News

Help Nigeria Students distinguish between Fake and Real News

Campaign by FactCheck Initiative - Abuja, Nigeria
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Goal is $20,000
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About this Campaign

At a time when false news is increasingly affecting the outcome of activities and fueling violence around the world, there is a greater need to rid the internet of false news, rumors, stories and misinformation. This is where FactCheck Initiative comes in – checking the menace of fake news and misinformation which has become a serious challenge to news coverage and the general public.

In 2019, our research team at FactCheck Initiative discovered that young people’s ability to effectively evaluate the information they find online is difficult. In summary, we discovered more than seventy percent (70%) of middle-school students were unable to distinguish a paid story branded as “sponsored Post” from a real news article.

We are facilitating a fact-checking training workshop for students in different schools by taking standard fact-checking methodology and integrates it with best-practice lessons from interview techniques through ethics and safety. It also includes animated discussions around accuracy, responsibility, and bias in news coverage with lessons on identifying reliable sources in fact-checking, debunking viral misinformation, and deciding whether a statement is checkable.

This workshop will highlight journalistic and research fact-checking efforts around the world. It will demonstrate best practices developed and tested by today’s fact-checking journalists, who face particular challenges posed by misleading rhetoric from bloggers or politicians and government officials and the use of social media platforms as launching sites for viral misinformation.

Our major focuses are:

* How current is the information?
* How recently was it was posted? Has it been updated?

* How reliable is the information?
* Does the author provide references or sources?
* What proof do you have that the information is reliable?

* Who is the creator or author of the information? What are the credentials?
* Who is the publisher or sponsor of the information? Is this a reputable information source?

Purpose/Point of view
* What is the purpose of this information? Is it intended to inform, entertain, or persuade?
* Does the information sound like fact or opinion? Is it biased?
* Is the creator or author trying to sell you something?

Use of Funds

This project will organise workshops/trainings for students in different schools in Nigeria.

We will also build Computer Center and equip them for students in poor rural communities in Nigeria that has little or no access to constant internet services. The Computer Center complex will comprise a well serviced training space equipped with computers and internet facility for students to use during and after the trainings/workshops.