Training on multimedia journalism, fact-checking

A daylong training programme on ‘Multimedia Journalism for Environmental Journalists’ was held at the auditorium of Stamford University Bangladesh at Siddheswari in the capital on Thursday (June 15).

Inter Press Network-IPN and Center for Atmospheric Pollution Studies (CAPS) jointly arranged the training programme.

A total of 40 working journalists were trained in the daylong event. The working journalists participated in the training from various newspapers, TV channels and digital media.

They were trained on how to report on time using the fast and modern tools. The participants were also taught about responsible use of mobile journalism and fact-checking methods. During the programme, participants were informed about tools for visual and verification. The importance of environmental journalism was also discussed in the Bangladesh perspective.

Professor Dr. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, chairman of the Department of Environmental Science at Stamford University Bangladesh and founder of CAPS; inaugurated the training session as the chief guest with Ehsanul Haque Jasim, executive director of the IPN; in the chair.

Professor Dr. Gulshan Ara Latifa, former chairman of Department of Zoology at Dhaka University; and Mohammad Mosharraf Hossainm, head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies; were present at the event as special guests. Kafayetullah Chowdhury Shakil, a director of the IPN; moderated the event.

Qadaruddin Shishir, a Dhaka based leading fact-checker and fact check editor in AFP’s Dhaka bureau who is also a director at the IPN; Sabbir Ahmed, lead mobile journalist of Bangladesh Times; and Professor Dr. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder were the trainers in the daylong session.

The trainers emphasized on the importance of checking facts in digital media and equipped the participants with various tools used in fact-checking.