In a bid to contribute to efforts to ensure the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impacts are well reported, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) has started the ‘COVID-19 Reality Check’ project.
The centre in a press statement by the Executive Director/CEO, Motunrayo Alaka, Monday, said: “COVID-19 Reality Check project will examine government interventions and promises in relation to the realities on ground in terms of social welfare, water and sanitation, economics, security, food availability and accessibility, education, electric power supply, and more.
“The WSCIJ and its partner, the MacArthur Foundation, will support reporters from various media organisations to better report such stories and point out gaps.”
He said the WSCIJ team held a virtual meeting with reporters on Friday, April 3, 2020, to discuss the ramifications of the project.
According to the statement, “At the event, the team decided on strategies for crowd-sourcing information to help reporters to do the work, mostly from home.
“The meeting laid emphasis on the safety of the chosen journalists who would have to go out to get their stories.’
Alaka said, “The project will include a media campaign on reports to support on-ground interventions by all stakeholders to save lives and reduce the impact of the pandemic on our country and by extension on the rest of the world.”