In order to caution against the sharing of unverified information, the Lagos State University, LASU has launched a fact-checking society.
The society came to existence after a one-day fact-checking training for student journalists that was facilitated by Dubawa fellows.
The programme has in attendance a renowned Professor of Mass Communication, Lai Oso who was also a former Dean of LASU School of Communication; Lateef Sanni a Dubawa fellow and Dr. Ganiyat Tijani Adenle, a LASU lecturer and a Dubawa fellow who was the convener of the event.
Dr. Adenle, anchored the segment which discussed the importance of fact-checking and proposed the launch of the fact-checking society and was well accepted by the audience.
Others who spoke included Lateef Sanni, who discussed on how to fact-check, tools used, procedures, and styles of writing fact-checking stories; Oluwaseye Ogunsanya, the first runner-up of the African checks Award 2020, student category who shared his experience.
The founder of People’s Check, Sultan Quadri discussed the opportunities in fact-checking for beginners and narrated his experience as a fact-checker as well as how he won a grant.