Covid-19, YOU and Fake News

In the midst of this global pandemic, our intern Marrit sat down (virtually!) with Ghanaian journalist Emmanuel K. Dogbevi and spoke about Fake News and its harms during times like these. How do you know if what you're reading or hearing around you is true or false?

In the 40 minute long conversation, Emmanuel Dogbevi touches on issues such as the role of journalists and media houses in making credible information available to the masses, the different types of news and why many journalists and news agencies prefer to go with sensational news. Listen in on our conversation with Emmanuel and learn how you can identify fake news and control the amount of information you consume during pandemics like Covid-19.

Check out the full interview here and don't miss out on any of Emmanuel's tips on how to find truth in a world full of Fake News!

This interview was inspired by Marrit’s experience during her trip to Ghana and the sudden need to return to the Netherlands amidst the whole Corona crisis and the measures put in place by the Ghanaian government.

About Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

Emmanuel is the Managing Editor of the online news site Ghana Business News which he started in 2008. He is also the Executive Director of NewsBridge Africa, a not-for-profit media training and advocacy organization which he started in 2014, soon after returning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The two entities are based in Accra, Ghana. At Ghana Business News, he manages and edits the website which is a partner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Norbert Zongo Centre for Investigative Journalism (CENOZO). In his role at NewsBridge Africa he designs and delivers media skills training for journalists and communication skills and strategy development for Executives of CSOs and politicians. He trains citizen journalists in investigation, writing and verification skills. In the last two years, he has trained more than 380 persons in Ghana, Liberia and The Gambia. Emmanuel’s career in journalism spans 30 years, and he is a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in the City of New York. Emmanuel has covered the African continent and written extensively about business, economics, development, the environment and politics.

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