Workshop on Fact-Checking and Verification Techniques

Published: 08. Sep. 2021 | Wednesday

Bangladesh NGO’s Network for Radio and Communication-BNNRC organized a two-day-long workshop at Zabeer Hotel International at Jashore on Fact-Checking and Verification Techniques on Health Journalism for an in-depth reporting on important and complex health issues to enhance the professional skills of journalists with the support of The Asia Foundation on 7-8 September 2021.
The purpose of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of journalists working in creating and publishing objective, insightful and influential news on health management; Encourage journalists to acquire knowledge and skills in modern techniques (infographics, data analysis ‍and data visualization) in data verification and presentation in creating neutral and balanced health reports. A total of 20 journalists from national dailies, online news portals, and television channels participated in the workshop.
At the beginning of the workshop, AHM Bazlur Rahman, CEO of BNNRC, discussed the goal, objectives, perspectives of the workshop, and what challenges are being faced in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how to keep pace with the current technology era. Abu Rushd Md. Ruhul Amin (Senior News Editor, Banglavision) and Farazi Ahmed Sayed Bulbul (Staff Reporter, Ittefaq, Jessore) discussed the issues.
The workshop focuses on health journalism in the current context, reliable sources, sources in health journalism, information verification techniques and media, monitoring techniques for misinformation published through social media, and sensitivity to COVID-19 reporting. Participants were also provided with insights into the importance and strategies of misinformation, disinformation, mal-information prevention, and the use of infographics in reporting, as well as various means of enhancing national and international communication in health journalism.
It is hoped that the workshop will enable journalists to be more diligent and sensitive in verifying information to produce impartial and balanced health reports. Besides, the journalists will be encouraged to use other modern techniques including infographics in presenting the data of the report.
BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council-ECOSOC accredited with World Summit on the Information Society-WSIS, SDGs Media Compact of the United Nations, and UN WSIS prize winner 2016, Champion 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021. BNNRC’s approach to media development is both knowledge-driven and context-sensitive, and it takes into account the challenges and opportunities created by the rapidly changing media environment in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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