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Fake News: TMTR Training Room Trains Journalists in Lagos

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Worried by the rising #FakeNews phenomenon in the country and the globe, a group known as TMTR, has commenced a special workshop for select journalists in Lagos.

The inaugural lecture was help on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and participants were drawn from the print, broadcast and online platforms.

Tagged ‘The Training Room,’ the seminar gave the participating journalists a better understanding of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Act 2015 and how it affects their practice especially with the imminent 2019 elections.

Facilitators at the event were Peter Okwoche of the BBC, award winning writer Kaine Agary who is also co-founder of Takkai as well as Toni Kan Onwordi, award winning writer and PR maven.

The TMTR Training Room is a skills-based and practice-led certificate-awarding institute conceived in January 2015 with the mission to evolve a teaching culture that will help train and empower practitioners who will change the creative industry for good by upholding the highest ethical and professional standards.

The TMTR Training Room provided insights to the legal pitfalls bedevilling the modern day journalist working at a time when the internet has enabled the emergence and growth of citizen journalists.

“Using a practical case study and scenario painting approach, students will interact with practitioners from whom they will gain new insights, learn new skills and discover new tools to navigate new landscapes.

“We will pursue a trajectory of instruction and learning that privileges the case study over the merely theoretical as a means of not just teaching but demonstrating how it has been done and how success has been achieved,” the institute said.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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