Pandemic to Infodemic - Final Piece

Did you know that 7% of people think the media made the Covid-19 situation better but 35% think the media made it worse? I think the 7% is the people who run the media and the 35% is the rest of the public!

Top Tip 1: Too much news

To get reliable information you could listen to other people and what their news sources are and try different apps and newspapers.

How does an infodemic spread misinformation?

It could spread misinformation because journalists and news editors might want to get loads of information out they might accidentally spread news which was wrong.

Why can this be a problem?

This can be a problem because the misinformation might make people have wrong information.

Top Tip 2: News sources

There are lots of different ways for people to get the news. Some of the news sources are tv, radio, social media, apps, newspapers and word of mouth.

If you are feeling overwhelmed on a news source, you can go onto a different news source until the overwhelming feelings are over.

What's the link between the news and mental health?

If people are given lots of news in a short amount of time it could make them feel overwhelmed.

Why can this be a problem?

It could be a problem because it might be very overwhelming so you could get sick.

Top Tip 3: Numbers in the news

How can news sources use the same numbers in different ways ?

They could make it sound different so you would agree with them (journalists) like 4 in 10 sounds bad but 40% sounds good.

Why can this be a problem?

This could be a problem because you might not know the truth. You might also be swayed by the way they have written the numbers in a sentence.

Top Tip 4: Story shapers

You could use another news source or website to see another journalists perspective and to see who you agree with.

How can the media shape a story?

They could shape a story by changing how it is told. Also how the lettering is like bold or italic which shows the main information and expressions changing how they feel about the information.

Why can this be a problem?

This might be a problem because the news source might spread false news but the reader believes because they trust that news source. For example, if The Sun (a newspaper) was an unreliable news source and it said schools are terrible and someone really liked that newspaper they would believe it.

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