Jabir Ridwan, a freelance journalist with CrispNigeria, has been selected for a global fact-checking fellowship organised by LIDA Network.
LIDA Network is a leading media organization with the focus on finance and business education as well as fact-checking. We are dedicated to improving transparency, accountability, policy influencing all in a bid to democratise access to relevant information that impact positively to lives in society.
Ridwan was among 60 participants selected for the fellowship which feaured people from different countries across the world.
The two-day intensive training on fact-checking featured several life-changing sessions led by heavyweights in the media landscape.
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Reflecting on the fellowship, Ridwan expressed delight to have participated in the exercise and thanked CrispNG for being instrumental to his journalism career.
“Being able to be selected in intensive training on fact-checking is every journalist”s dream. I am grateful to CrispNG for the support ” he said.
“The first step toward success is taking when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself, to me, this is just the beginning, I learn many things during the training which include, who can be a fact-checker?, elements of fact-checking journalism etc.
“Fact-checking can be the act of checking factual assertions in non-fictional text in order to determine the veracity and correctness of the factual statement in a text which can be done either before or after the text has been published or otherwise disseminated.
“And also I learnt that a fact-checker must show allegiance to citizens by striving to put the public interest and the truth above their own self-interest or assumptions”.
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Ridwan is a Nigerian multimedia journalist specialising in health, education, conflict and human rights reporting.
He has been in the media profession since 2019 and served as a volunteer at Vision FM Radio, Sokoto and Managarciya Newspaper.
Ridwan graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto. He is also excellent at sound editing, transcribing, and storytelling.
He is currently a broadcast journalist at Vision FM Radio in Zamfara state where he is a news anchor, newsroom coordinator, and news editor respectively.