News Update from “spot the fake” quiz during Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week Celebration 2019

The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) has celebrated their annual MIL week with a quiz competition, - Spot the Fake.

The competition was a keenly contested one with NAFTI emerging as the eventual winner. The participating institutions were the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) , the African University College of Communication (AUCC), the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Wisconsin International University and the Departments of Information Studies and Communication Studies from the School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana.

The Quiz was conducted in two parts; Round 1 and Round 2. Participants were to be quizzed on satire posts, photo-shopped images, edited videos and news articles. The task was for contestants to identify fake images, texts and videos based on justifiable reasons. Each school was to present one contestant for the quiz.   After Round 1, only three schools were chosen to participate in Round 2 which doubled as the final round.

The end of Round 1 saw the exit of UPSA, Wisconsin International University, The Department of Communication Studies (UG) and GIJ. Though the representatives of these schools showed great promise, they couldn’t make it to the final round.

Nana Aba Anamoah (the News Editor of GHOne TV) gave a brief address on the topics “The Challenges of Social Media” and “Spotting Fake News”.




The representatives showed great aptitude and depth of knowledge in the mentioned areas. After the rigorous battle of minds, NAFTI emerged as winner of the Quiz with AUCC and the Department of Information Studies (University of Ghana) following closely behind.

SICS is glad to have organized this Quiz. Post the competition, the School has collaborated with GHONE to introduce a  short segment on TV on “How to Spot Fake News and Verify Information on Social Media”. The program gives viewers the opportunity to participate by answering questions and stand the chance of winning Airtime, amongst other prices.
The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) has celebrated Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week since 2017.