Deadline: April 6, 2022
The #defyhatenow Cameroon project has run the Africa fact-checking fellowship for two years.
Five cohorts have been trained, bringing together professionals from the South West, North West, Littoral, Centre, North, Far North and West. About 20 members of the Cameroon Bloggers Association from Douala, Yaoundé and Dschang have also benefited from the fellowship.
More than 53 online fact-checking and hate speech detection professionals have been trained under the #AFFCameroon programme with technical assistance from ADISI-Cameroon through its sub-structure www.datacameroun.com. The quarterly fellowship followed the framework of teaching advanced fact-checking techniques in collaboration with various leading actors and international organisations.
#defyhatenow is pleased to launch the 6th cohort from April to June 2022. The overall objective is to create a critical mass of fact-checkers, information warriors, online and offline hate speech, and digital rights defenders based in the three northern regions of Cameroon.
Fact-checking as a practice is not new; it has long existed in newsrooms. Verifying online news and public claims has increased in recent years. This is due to the need to mitigate the rise of mis/mal/disinformation online and the rapid growth of citizen journalism on various social media platforms.
The Anglophone crisis since 2017 and the post-election crisis of 2018 crystallises the discourse and circulation of mis/mal/disinformation online in Cameroon. Mis/mal/disinformation online and on traditional media hate speech takes the form of news related to the contexts mentioned above.
The Africa Fact-checking Fellowship is designed to follow up and build on the success of the alumni fellows. #FactsMatter237 aimed to track and map viral social media trends related to Cameroon’s major thematic issues and train trainers. While #AFFCameroon, through its various cohorts, aims to ensure seasoned professionals are empowered.
The #Africa Fact-Checking Fellowship aims to promote fact-checking, data journalism and digital rights to journalists, bloggers and content creators in Africa. The three-month programme will equip fellows with the skills and tools to address the current challenges of fake news in their countries of operation.
The programme is based on a blended learning model that uses webinars, practical lessons, peer-to-peer learning and hands-on fieldwork.
Selected applicants will be informed by email of their participation in the program before April 15, 2022.
Who can apply?
- Content creators and influencers
- Digital rights activists
- Be between 17 and 35 years old
Place of location
Three Northern Regions of Cameroon (Far North – North – Adamawa)
Be fully available throughout the training!