Ask an infodemic expert!

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The Burnet News Club gives you a chance to ask questions of experts on protest, and this term is no different!

WE AWARD STARS FOR THE BEST QUESTIONS ABOUT INFODEMICS asking fantastic questions and listening to an expert's view are great examples of how to earn stars for our speaking and listening skills. We then pick 5 questions for each expert and publish their answers for you to see (see an example here!).

So, who have we got for you so far?

Look out for more to be added!


Natasha Loder

Natasha is Health Policy Editor at The Economist newspaper. Her journalism covers a wide range of topics in medicine, technology and science. Natasha would love your questions about how journalists deal with lots of information available and making sure their stories are accurate and truthful.


Aleksandra Kuzmanovic

Aleksandra is a Social Media Manager at the World Health Organization (WHO). She co-manages WHO’s presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, TikTok and Snapchat and she plays a big role in fighting COVID-19 misinformation. Aleksandra is able to answer your questions on how the World Health Organisation keeps people in the know about what's true and what's not through social media!


Dr. Elena Musi

Elena is a lecturer in communications and media at the University of Liverpool. Elena got government funding to lead a very special project - The Fake News Immunity Chatbot. It's an interactive quiz, presented as a question and answer session between you and philosophers like Aristotle and Socrates that encourages them to look into the facts beyond the headlines. Elena aims to use AI to give people the skills to make up their own mind about the news. In the quiz, you can see if you fall for misinformation and develop your skills to spot it. It's designed for all the family but you might find it a bit tricky at times - don't worry! Elena will be delighted to answer questions about using technology and AI to help against the spread of fake news.


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Comments (14)

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    Questions for Natasha Loder:

    How do you know the information you have, is truthful and accurate?

    How did you know you wanted to be a health policy editor in journalism and what inspired you?

    What would you do if someone gave you wrong information about something very important and of a serious matter, and has that ever happened?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    22 Feb 2021

    My questions to Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is
    When people tend to spread fake news on social media and a lot of people end up believing that fake news is it hard to try and persuade them to tell them that it’s not real??

    My other question is for Natasha Loder And my question is
    as a journalist since it’s one of my dream jobs do you think that tending to look on social media could also give you some accurate points? because. Most social media news tends to be fake but what if it’s not would you tend to get information from there?

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg modest_river | New Horizons Children's Academy
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for Natasha Loder is
    As a journalist, you hear news from many places but how do you know which ones to believe or which ones are true and is it interesting learning about new medicines and technology?

    My question for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is
    When handling misinformation, is it hard to tell people and everyone else who may have saw the post, the real news as no one really knows who to listen to ?

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  • Caister Academy logo neat_avocado | Caister Academy
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is:
    How do you deal with people who doubt the vaccine or the virus spreading rumours or how do you reassure people being targeted by people lying against the vaccine/virus?

    My other question for Natasha Loder is:
    how do you educate your readers about the virus when giving new information about guidelines but also about how the virus spreads and how the vaccine actually works?

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for Natasha Loder is:
    'Is fake news always completely fake, or does it have a small fraction of truth in it?'
    I am asking this as when people spread fake news, usually they need a baseplate, and something to even out the lies for it.
    My question to Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is:
    'How much fake news do you encounter on the web? Is it more than there is truth?'
    I would like to know the answer to this as if there is more fake news then true news, it could be extremely hard to make people believe what they should believe. Also, there could eventually become rarely true news, and people could be given loads of false hope, or false sadness.

    My final question is for both the experts:
    'What happens if two fake news stories say the opposite of each other?'

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is:
    When people post about fake news how do you know if it is true?
    My question for Natasha Loder is:
    Why do people talk about fake news even if it isn't true?

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  • Hornsey-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_molecule | Hornsey School for Girls
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is:

    What would you like to see social media companies do to their platforms to stop the spread of fake news?

    My other question is for Natasha Loder:

    Medicine is changing so quickly at the moment because of Covid-19. How can you tell what is the truth and what is not when many medical professionals are not 100% per cent sure the outcome of the new vaccines? Are you worried about printing something that later on will be proved inaccurate?

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  • Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
    23 Feb 2021

    Hello! It's analytical_sea here 😉! Here are my questions...

    My first question is for Natasha Loder:

    NL-Q) Are you worried about the side-effects the Covid-19 vaccine gives for some people? Are you concerned that it didn't get a 100% guarantee rate?

    My next question is for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic:

    AK-Q) How do you know if facts are fake or not? Which social media platform do you think spreads fake news the most and the quickest?

    My last question is for Dr. Elena Musi:

    Dr. EM-Q) Do you think fake news will spread (and be created) more in the future as we will probably use technology EVEN more - as most fake news is spread on social media? If so why?

    Sorry if some of them are a little similar to some other people's questions 😬! 😊! I chose to give a question to all of the experts, and I noticed Dr. Elena Musi hadn't got many questions 😳!!

    Thanks,
    analytical_sea
    xx

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    23 Feb 2021

    my question for Dr Elena Musi is:
    what was it like to lead the fake news immunity chatbot?
    what qualities and traits did you need to lead the whole company?

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    23 Feb 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    My questions for Natasha Loder are: How many sources do you need to look at to ensure that your articles do not contain fake news? What is the worst case of fake news you have ever read (it could endanger or harm people)?
    My questions for Aleksander Kuzmanovic are: Why do people create fake news about serious things, like the COVID-19 pandemic or the American Election? Why do people believe fake news?
    My questions for Dr. Elena Musi are: Does it anger you when people spread fake news, deceiving others? What inspired you to create the Fake News Immunity Chatbot?
    Thanks for reading.

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    23 Feb 2021

    My question for all of them is:
    What are some Top Tips for spotting fake news?

    My question for Aleksandra Kuzmanovic is:
    Why do you think people on social media write fake news?

    My question for Dr. Elana Musi is:
    How could new technology influence the spread of fake news? Do you think fake news could be identified quicker and more easily with new technology?

    My question for Natasha Loder is:
    Do you encounter more fake or real news when researching your information?

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_grapefruit | New Horizons Children's Academy
    24 Feb 2021

    My question for Natasha Loder is: Is it hard to find true information? Has someone ever given you false information? What is it like to learn so much about medicine? How can you remember so much facts and have you learnt anything new about medicine?

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  • Caister Academy logo neat_avocado | Caister Academy
    24 Feb 2021

    My question to Dr Elena Musi is:
    How did you you use AI to give people the skills to make up their own mind about the news?
    How did AI change peoples decisions and would it be the same if someone professional rather than AI would convince better than the AI bot themselves?

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg bright_independence | Evelyn Street Primary School B
    24 Feb 2021

    My Question is for Natasha Loder.

    Hi Natasha I would like to ask you these Questions:

    What have the you been writing about and does that involve finding a cure for Coronavirus ?
    Are medicines still being made even though we are in a pandemic?
    Were you able to still work through the first ,second lockdown and are you still working now?
    Finally I would like to ask.
    Are we any closer to finding cure to when we were at the start of the pandemic?

    By Bright_Independence.

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