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Training on Fact-checking
25 June, 2021
In partnership with DW Akademia, CamboJA is co-implementing a project entitled ‘Crisis Resilience in the Global Pandemic: Fact Checking’ to strengthen its journalistic capacity in the field of fact checking and verification.
The project is part of a special funding initiative by the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development in response to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, that aims strengthen media practitioners, actors of civil society and their networks in their resilience and improve the availability of accurate information in times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first series of the ToT training on fact-checking was conducted on June 23-24 with 12 participants (4 female) who are CamboJA’s newsroom staff, interns and members.
The trainees are expected to apply the new skills and acquired knowledge to their reporting to accurately inform the general public on pandemic-related news, debunking falsehoods and raise awareness on factual reporting and critical news consumption. The participants will also have opportunities to network with other media professionals through forum discussions that seek to raise awareness of the topic throughout the media sector.
After receiving a training of trainers, it is expected that CamboJA will improve its organizational viability and fact checking expertise among peers by conducting a first training on fact checking itself for other journalists in Cambodia. Throughout the duration of the project, information for a simple-to-use, practical fact checking manual will be produced to help news consumers verify information and debunk misinformation on the digital media.