The fellowships are part of Code for Africa and DW Akademie's joint Fight Disinformation and Misinformation: Building a Fact-Checking Ecosystem in Ethiopia initiative.
IAWRT member from Ethiopia Rebecca Tadesse Hunde is among the selected fellows for Code for Africa's Fact-checking Fellowships in Ethiopia.
CfA is offering intensive fact-checking fellowships for journalists, newsroom managers, and civil society organisations (CSO) researchers. Participants learned fact-checking techniques and project-based learning.
The fellowships are offered in partnership with the DW Akademie (DWA) and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The fellowships were opened to freelancers and full-time employees in media or watchdog civil society organisations in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Fellows will undergo four months of training from August to November 2021. Fellows will learn the following practical skills:
- Fact-checking basics: Understanding fact-checking methodology & taxonomy, and fact-checking techniques using a range of specialised tools.
- Audience engagement: Understanding how to create unique topics/themes for specific audiences, and how to build audience engagement and feedback systems.
- Production systems: Understanding how to design editorial/research workflow processes, tooling and staffing strategies, for streamlined integration into the host organisation’s wider production processes.
- Policy frameworks: Understanding how to apply international ethical and professional guidelines for quality assurance and industry accreditation, with special emphasis on applying the International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) Code of Principles.
Upon finishing the program, fellows will be inducted into CfA’s pan-African community of professional fact-checkers, currently with members in 21 countries.