‘Beyond Fake News’ Training for UoN Staff and Students

It’s time to do away with satire, hoax, spin, misinformation, and mischief, doctored and rumored stories. Fake news matters because it erodes trust; is humiliating and leaves people questioning the truth.

Fake news is often used for political reasons, propaganda, and attention seeking people in society. Fake news can take the form of an article, doctored picture/ video. Before you share any news on social media do a quick check of the tone of the language used in writing the article, check the account that has posted, is it a trusted source? Is it a verified account?

All this was revealed in a UoN students and staff training workshop by BBC World Service (Nairobi bureau).

“It is not enough to just read a headline of a story, read the story more to understand the context in which it is being reported from,” emphasized Ciru Muriuki, a reporter at BBC Africa.

In a panel discussion, Sheila Mwanyigah shared her experience of being a victim of fake news. It is hurtful and can be traumatizing to find yourself in a situation where you feel like you have to defend yourself against the world.

“A lie can travel the world before the truth puts on its shoes,” She remarked.

She urged the UoN community to always take time and think before they share news online.

The Friday, April 12, 2019 workshop saw students from the School of Journalism, department of Literature, and professional student clubs and staff members from the University in attendance.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2022-04-01 (All day)