Rooted in Trust: Colombia Rumor Bulletins

Internews’ Rooted In Trust (RiT) Project tracks COVID-19-related rumors circulating among social media users and vulnerable communities in Colombia, as well as other countries around the globe. The rumors are used to inform risk communication efforts by humanitarians and public health actors, and to support local media in disseminating more accurate and actionable information that responds to community questions and concerns.

Working alongside two essential local partners, Fedemedios and Caribe Afirmativo, the Colombia Rooted in Trust team is mapping out the information ecosystem and responding to the information needs of migrants in the department of Nariño, on the Colombia-Ecuador border during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a multi-faceted approach, our team engages with local and national humanitarian workers focused on migration issues; communicating, training and supporting local media outlets and journalists; and debunking misinformation through rumor bulletins that provide relevant and accurate information for the migrant population of Nariño.

Spanish version:

De la mano de nuestros socios en terreno, Caribe Afirmativo y Fedemedios, el equipo en Colombia del proyecto Rooted in Trust (Arraigados en la Confianza) ha comenzado a trazar el mapa del ecosistema informativo y a responder a las necesidades de información de los migrantes en el departamento de Nariño (en la frontera colombo-ecuatoriana) durante la pandemia del COVID-19. Mediante un enfoque multifacético, nuestro equipo ha comenzado a colaborar con trabajadores humanitarios locales y nacionales centrados en cuestiones de migración; a capacitar y apoyar a los medios de comunicación y periodistas del departamento; y a responder a la desinformación sobre el coronavirus mediante boletines de rumores que proporcionan información pertinente y precisa para la población migrante de Nariño.

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