Online training to empower journalists on digital security

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Itumeleng Koleile

MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism will run on Friday 19th facilitate an online media training on digital security, social media, and journalism from 10 am to 12 midday.

With the aim of using social media as a journalism tool and not a distraction, the Centre aims to equip local journalists with digital skills this time of COVID-19.

According to the Centre’s training coordinator Keiso Mohloboli, the training will be specifically carried out online as one of the precautionary elements of the Covid-19.

She highlighted that among other reasons, the training will be online as the facilitator Sally Evans is located in South Africa.

“We are aligning ourselves with the World Health Organization guidelines, it is only appropriate that we carry out the training online as Sally the digital expert and a journalist at amaBungane Centre for Investigative Journalism will not be able to travel into the country,” she said.

Additionally, Mohloboli said they are expecting as many practicing journalists as possible for the training, preferably from 25 to 30.

She said the selected candidates’ names will be issued on Friday (morning) and enrolling from the comfort of their homes or workplaces.

She said selected candidates will be given a link to register and join Zoom media training whilst they will be also provided with enough data bundles to cover the entire training session.

Among others, the workshop will be dealing with digital security, social media, and journalism in the time of COVID-19, online basic security checks, mobile security, COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation and great graphic image software for creating visuals for social media posts.

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