Kano Focus trains 20 journalists on news gathering
By Nasiru Yusuf Tsakuwa
Kano Focus, the leading online news platform in Kano has trained 20 broadcast journalists on how to use social media to obtain factual and reliable information that can be utilised to produce credible news content.
The workshop was conceived to address the pervasive circulation of false, inaccurate and questionable information–a trend that is commonly referred to as “fake news” on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter among others.
The one-day training session held at the Kano Office of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), where certificates were issued to the participants drawn from different media organizations.
The training was part of Kano Focus’s modest contribution to the restoration of sanity and responsibility in journalism practice in the state, especially on the use of social media platforms which have become indispensable tools of news gathering.
Speaking after the event, Editor-In-Chief of Kano Focus, Nazifi Dawud, urged the participants to utilize the skills they acquired during the training in order to produce credible news content that members of the society can benefit from.
Dawud said fighting the scourge of fake news in the state has become necessary because the ugly trend is posing serious threats to peace, security and development of the state.
“It is disturbing that some people who have no journalistic training in any way would just grab their phones and start posting false and misleading information that cause confusion in the society,” he said.
“This is why we invited our colleagues to train them as part of our efforts to ensure sanity and responsibility in journalism profession in Kano state and Nigeria at large,” he added.
Similarly, the Executive Director of CITAD, Dr. Yunusa Zakari Yau, who hosted the workshop, commended Kano Focus for the initiative, which he said would help in entrenching public trust in journalism practice in the state.
While encouraging the participants to utilise the skills they learned, Ya’u also pledged to collaborate with Kano Focus on ICT-related areas that will promote peace and development in the state.
He said there are a lot of opportunities in a cyber space that one can help in creating jobs and empowering members of the society.
In his remark, Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kano Chapter, Comrade Abba Ibrahim praised Kano Focus for organising the training most especially at this time of spreading fake news on social media.
Abbas also revealed that the NUJ would soon unveil an ethics and disciplinary committee that would apply sanctions on any member of the Union that breaches ethical standards through broadcasting, sharing or publishing false information.
He also urged participants to make sure they put what they have learnt into action so as to help sanitise the journalism profession.
On his part, Publisher/CEO of Kano Focus, Dr. Maude Gwadabe thanked the participants and guests that graced the occasion including representatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and PRAWA, a non-governmental organization that promotes peace, security and justice.
Journalists from Liberty TV, NTA Kano, Vision FM, Aminci Radio, Guaranty FM, ARTV, Dala FM, Dabo FM and Yali Express online radio stations participated in the workshop.