By: King Brown (Grand Bassa County Correspondent)

Buchanan City –  The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building  (CEMESP), has ended a two-day intensive training for community radio journalists intended to build their capacity to stand above corona-virus fake news dissemination in Liberia.

Madam Ruth Gbatoe, CEMESP Program Assistant in Liberia mentioned that the training aims to improve the  quality of Covid -19 reporting with emphasis on highlighting best practices in health reporting, media response to rumor and misinformation, social media sourcing facts checking and ethical principles for journalism practices in Liberia.

Ruth Gbatoe

Madam Gbatoe noted that the event in Grand Bassa County marked the second segment of training conducted by CEMESP throughout the country for community radio journalists as a way of promoting media professionalism.

The first phase of the project brought together community radio journalists from Bong and Nimba Counties, she noted.

Madam Gbatoe also used the medium to urged journalists to use what they have learned in their daily reportage and broadcast to ensure the fight against covid-19 continues.

Participants were taught on interview techniques and content gathering during covid-19, New media and journalism (social media), How to identified fake news, fact checking in investigative journalism, report on corona-virus victims and among others.

She narrated. “I also want to encourage all of us that whatsoever we learned here today should be use in our daily report and broadcast as we all fight against covid -19 the best way possible.”

The training was held under the project title “Building Capacity of journalists to stand above corona-virus fake news dissemination.”

The two days media training held at the office of the Bassa Youth Caucus on the Fairground in Buchanan, brought together journalists for Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties and was supported by the British Embassy near Monrovia.

The training workshop held in Grand Bassa County was facilitated by experienced media practitioners, Mr. Frank Sainworla, Mr. Klonnious Blamo and Madam Ruth Gbatoe CEMESP Program assistant.