By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Journalist in Anambra State are currently undergoing training on investigative journalism and facts checking in Awka, the state capital.
The training is organized by Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in collaboration with the Rule of Law Anti Corruption (RoLAC) funded by the European and implemented by British Council.
The training which started on Monday, May 20th is expected to end on Saturday May 26th 2019.
One of the trainers Gbemiga Ogunleye in the course of interacting with the trainee journalists, reminded them of how important they are in the society, while emphasizing that as practicing journalists they are influencers and the society looks up to them for credible reportage.
“As watch dogs of the society, accountability, credibility, and integrity should be the watch word for journalists.
On the impact the social media has made and is still making in journalism, where truth has become a major casualty in many publication on the internet, and the situation where rumour are inevitable, a veteran in the profession has tasked journalists to live up to expectation by being fighters of misinformation and disinformation.
On his part, Atintunde Babatunde one of the trainers called on journalists to stick to the ethics of the profession.
According to him, “The press and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives through upholding the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people.
He added saying “Good journalism helps the citizens with information they need so as to make informed decisions about their choices.
“The public must have the confidence in the integrity and credibility of the journalistic process and product; otherwise, we run the task of total undermining the practice of journalism”.