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Call For Application: Dubawa Campus Fact-checking Project

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Are you a student in a tertiary institution in Ghana? Are you passionate about fact-checking and journalism?

Then this is for you.

The Ghana office of Dubawa, an independent and non-partisan transnational fact-checking platform and a project of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), is accepting applications from students in tertiary institutions across Ghana to its Campus Fact-checking Project.  

Dubawa’s Campus Fact-checking Project is inspired by the need to address some of the ethical lapses identified in journalism practice by offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the ecosystem, the opportunity to acquire real-world experience in the journalism profession through verification and fact-checking. 

The maiden campus project also seeks to extend the culture of truth-telling in  the information ecosystem to tertiary institutions by training and equipping journalism students with the necessary skills to contribute to fact-checking and promote a culture of truth and accuracy in public discourse.

Objectives of the Project

This project’s primary objective is to promote a culture of verification and fact-checking among journalism and other liberal arts students and offer them a platform to prepare them for their role in the media industry. Other objectives include:

  1. To build a network of student fact-checkers who will lead the fight against misinformation and disinformation in their various schools in Ghana.
  2. To create awareness and promote a culture of verification and fact-checking among communication and journalism students.
  3. To offer students in tertiary institutions, especially those in the field of communications and journalism, insights into, and the practice of fact-checking journalism. 

Benefits of the Project

  1. Participants will gain hands-on experience in fact-checking and by extension, journalism
  2. Selected students will have the opportunity to join Dubawa’s network of campus fact-checkers and also contribute fact-check reports to Dubawa’s platform with modest remuneration 

Eligibility Criteria

The project’s primary target is students in Communications, Media or English departments in tertiary institutions. However, students in other fields of study interested in careers in journalism and fact-checking may also apply. Applicants should therefore be

  • Students in tertiary institutions (universities and polytechnics etc) in Ghana.
  • Students who exhibit good writing skills, analytical and critical thinking, and awareness of current issues will be highly encouraged.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications by 26 April 2021.

Click here to access the application form.

A copy of the applicant’s CV and ID must be submitted.

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

Application and Selection Timelines

  • Deadline for submission of application: 26 April 2021
  • Selection and interview of shortlisted candidates: 27 April – 4 May
  • Training: 19 May – 22 May 2021
  • Post-training engagement: May to December 2021

Contact us [email protected] for clarifications if needed.

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