Journalists in Bundibugyo trained to share facts on COVID-19

By Baluku Jack

Sixteen (16) Journalists from radio, print and online media houses in Bundibugyo district have been trained on fact checking and digital verification of information on Covid-19 pandemic by Save the Children in collaboration with the district Health Department.

Held on Thursday at Dones Cave Hotel in Bundibugyo town, the training was facilitated by health officials from the Fort Portal regional Covid-19 task force under the risk communication and Community engagement emergency situation.

According to Mr. Abdala Majidu Bagonza, the Bundibugyo district senior health educator and head of the Risk Communication and Social Mobilization Committee, they organized the training to strengthen Journalists’ capacities to detect false stories related to Covid-19.

The Health educator revealed that there has been a gap in information deliverance by the media the reason to why they realized need to also equip journalists with skills, knowledge in fact checking and verification.

He challenged Journalists to join the district health department in the fight against Covid-19 and asked radio presenters to always clarify true information about the pandemic and be able to expose false and exaggerated claims.

Bagonza added that with the Covid-19 and the flood of false information that accompanies the deadly disease, it was becoming more and more important to provide the public with accurate information to base their decisions on.

Godwin Bwambale a staff Journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation-UBC Bundibugyo says he has been exposed to new skills to use wile reporting about the Covid-19 emergency risks situations in the district saying that the training was unforgettable to him.

Godwin Bwambale, Staff Journalist at UBC Bundibugyo

Harriet Musumba a female Journalist attached to Development Radio in the area, also described the training as a reminder and an eye opener to many Journalists.

Female Journalist at Development FM-Bundibugyo, Harriet Musumba

She believes that journalists were well equipped not to spread false information as the training has added value to their Journalism career. Musumba encouraged her fellows to always do fact checking story follow ups.


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