The Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) project on Thursday trained journalists in Katsina state on conflict-sensitive journalism to check the spread of hate speech and fake news.
The project is being sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Speaking, the trainer, Dr Jide Jimoh, of the Department of Journalism, School of Communications, Lagos State University (LASU), urged journalists to promote balanced solution-oriented reporting.
Jimoh said that the call was necessary to reduce the spread of hate speech and fake news in their reportage so as to ensure peaceful coexistence in the country.
According to him, CIPP project activities included women critical discussion group, mediation trainings, dialogues, radio programmes, engagement with political leaders and training of journalists.
He said that the project was currently working in Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Kogi and Benue States.