On Wednesday 8th May 2024, the MTN Bright Media Series hosted a crucial workshop in Accra, Ghana, aimed at equipping journalists, editors, and publishers with essential skills in fact-checking, particularly ahead of the 2024 elections in Ghana.

The event brought together media professionals from various outlets, organisations to address the importance of accuracy and credibility in reporting during sensitive political periods.

The Key objectives included educating journalists, editors, and publishers on the significance of fact-checking in journalism.

Providing practical tools and methodologies for effective fact-checking.

Enhancing media literacy among participants to combat misinformation and disinformation.

Fostering a culture of responsible reporting and ethical journalism in the lead-up to the 2024 elections in December.

The MTN Bright Media Series workshop on fact-checking also served as a timely and invaluable initiative to empower Ghanaian journalists, editors, and publishers with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the complex media landscape ahead of the 2024 elections.

By prioritizing accuracy, credibility, and ethical journalism, participants are poised to play a pivotal role in promoting transparency and accountability, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.

The workshop commenced with an introductory session outlining the critical role of the media in upholding democratic values and ensuring informed public discourse.

This was performed by the lead Facilitator Rabiu Alhassan of GhanaFact.com

He led a team of experienced fact-checkers to share insights into identifying misinformation, evaluating sources, and verifying claims, emphasizing the need for skepticism and thorough investigation.

There were interactive exercises and case studies which enabled participants to apply fact-checking techniques in real-world scenarios, enhancing their critical thinking skills and journalistic integrity.

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Discussions on the challenges faced by journalists in navigating the digital landscape and combating the spread of false information underscored the importance of collaboration and adherence to ethical standards.

Participants engaged in a Q & A session, seeking clarifications on specific fact-checking methodologies and ethical dilemmas encountered in their professional practice.

Key Outcomes:

• Enhanced Capacity: Participants acquired practical skills and resources to effectively verify information and combat misinformation in their reporting.

• Strengthened Collaboration: The workshop facilitated networking opportunities and collaboration among media professionals, fostering a supportive community dedicated to upholding journalistic standards.

• Increased Awareness: Participants gained a deeper understanding of the implications of misinformation on public trust and democratic processes, reaffirming their commitment to responsible reporting.

• Call to Action: Attendees pledged to integrate fact-checking practices into their journalistic workflow and to uphold the highest standards of accuracy and integrity in their everyday reports.

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