The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC) on Sunday concluded a three-day training for Civil Society Organizations on how to use ‘Digital Media for Social Change’.
The training is also meant to equip participants with requisite skills on how to recognize and handle fake news. The event brought together sixteen CSO members that are currently undergoing the Communication course at the Academy.
Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC, said the training is the most important part of the Empowering Civil Society Advocacy (ECSA) project.
“We live in a digital world where people rely a lot on social media to inform and be informed. So, to equip CSO members with skills on how to leverage digital media couldn’t have come at a better time than this,” he said.
Director Mendy added: “I am hopeful that the trainees would use the knowledge, skills and experience gathered during the retreat to handle fake news because they’ve been trained about misinformation and fake news.”
Mariama Bajo, a participant said the training has helped her share experience on social media challenges that confront her organization. “The topics presented during the training were deeply discussed and this helps in sharing life experiences which is one way to remember issues,” she said.
Alagie Cherno Suwareh, a participant described the training as important, adding it will help him detect fake news and misinformation that mostly trends on social media platforms. “I will successfully conduct a step down training on this for other members who didn’t have the privilege to attend this important training,” he said.
He thanked MAJaC for creating such avenues for learning where trainers delivered to the best of their ability.
Jerreh Manneh, also a participant, described the training as participatory adding that lectures delivered reinforce the knowledge gained during their communication course.