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NewsWireNGR Journalist, Nelly Kalu, accepted into Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship



NewsWireNGR is pleased to announce that our Journalist and staff writer; Nelly Kalu has been accepted into the prestigious and highly competitive Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship.

“I have always enjoyed using data to tell stories and there isn’t much of that in Nigerian broadcast and online storytelling,” – Ms Nelly Kalu said, narrating how she felt when she was selected for the fellowship.

 “The fellowship is a great opportunity” to do more of that she continued. 

As part of the fellowship, fellows are required to pass on knowledge gained to newsrooms and train journalists in the organizations they represent and beyond.

Ms Kalu added, that, “The transfer of skills and knowledge gives me hope for the future of investigative journalism and storytelling in Nigeria”. 

Supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation Abuja office, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its fact-checking project, DUBAWA, trains journalists and researchers by strengthening their capacity to critically examine public statements and also using fact-checking as an apparatus for protecting truth

The Fact-checking fellowship will last for six months during which Ms Kalu will write fact checks stories, media literacy articles, help set up fact checking desks in the newsroom and promote fact checking on social media platforms.


Nelly is currently a features writer at NewsWireNGR – with a ten-year experience spanning broadcast, digital and media advocacy.

Nelly Kalu’s work spotlights social, political, and economic issues. While working with RNW Media, The Netherlands, she served as moderator of the Love Matters Naija online advocacy platform focused on LGBTQ rights, sexual health, safe sex practices and informed choices.

As a Broadcasting trainer, Nelly has facilitated media training for several institutes such as the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Training School (FRCN), PROemcess and the Broadcast Radio Master Class (BRMC) amongst others. 

Nelly is an alumnus of The Federal Polytechnic, Nekede Owerri, Radio Netherlands Training College (RNTC) and Voice of Africa/BBG.

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