IPC, ACSPN hold media training on combating Covid-19 infodemic
By Samuel Ogunsona
About 100 journalists are to benefit from a media training on combatinf COVID-19
The International Press Centre (IPC) in partnership with The Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) have announced a Webinar on “Combating Covid-19 Infodemic” for journalists.
A statement issued on Thursday and made available to Irohinooduua stated that the webinar is a partnership initiative under ACSPN’s Online Empowerment series and IPC’s capacity building programme for journalists. IPC Executive Director, Mr Lanre Arogundade signed the release.
The programme is in line with the objectives of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria – EU-SDGN.
“The training which is scheduled to hold on Friday 24th April, 2020 from 12noon is sequel to the publication of a Covid-19 Reporting Advisory by IPC” the groups said
The webinar session will feature speeches and presentations by the guest of honour, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Prof. Adebayo Fayoyin, Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Covid-19 Information Crisis and Dr. Clinton Okonye, ‘The Science of Coronavirus: Differentiating Facts from Fiction’.
Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, Vice Chancellor, Caleb University and General Secretary, ACSPN and Mr. Lanre Idowu, Executive Director, Media Review will also give opening and closing remarks.
Arogundade noted that the webinar aims to mitigate the parallel challenge of disinformation and misinformation as an emerging infodemic around the COVID-19 pandemic. He further explained that the global lockdown has led to an international surge in the demand and search for COVID-19 and Coronavirus related information therefore, the webinar is expected to support the important role of Journalists in combatting misreporting and falsification in the era.
At least 100 Journalists are expected to participate in the webinar. Journalists have been asked to register via https://www.eztalks.com/r/969101298