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English: Presentation slides for Wikimania 2023

Title: West African Media Literacy Project
Speaker: Harriet Bayel, Matti Blume (User:MB-one)
Abstract: This discussion activity aims to sensitise journalists and media organisations on the importance of providing sources for Wikipedia volunteers in order to create a more comprehensive and accurate picture of West African history and culture. Participants will be divided into small groups to brainstorm creative strategies and ideas, which will be presented to the larger group for further discussion. The group will prioritise the top three ideas and discuss how to implement them.

During Re:publica 2018, a representative from a trusted media house in Ghana made mention of Wikipedia not being a credible site. As the volunteer at the Wikipedia desk, I made it known to her that we depended on their site for sources, hence they might be responsible for errors. Another problem that has been identified is the duplication of content from one media site on all other media sites, which is the copying and sharing of the same content on all other platforms. Considering our dependence on such media houses for sources and the contribution of content on Wikipedia, we realised the need to involve a larger audience to help solve this issue by sensitising the media.

The objective of this discussion activity is to gather strategies and ideas on how to sensitise journalists and media organisations on the importance of sources for Wikipedia volunteers. By working together, we can create a more comprehensive and accurate picture of West Africa’s history and culture. The aim of this project is to gather learnings that are easily transferable to other countries facing similar challenges. Aside from the Culture or Community Initiatives track  this session fits well in GLAM, Heritage, and Culture.
Presented at: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2023-08-18 04:05 to 04:35 UTC

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