Play, pause, talk BNC session video!
Join Tom and Olivia for this week's session. In this video, we'll walk you through each activity, give examples and hints, and then ask you to pause and complete the activities in your own time. Check it out!
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Each of these cards shows a real statistic from January 2021.
Does each one show good news or bad news?
- What do you notice about these numbers?
- What if two people see or hear different statistics about the same issue? Is this fair? Why / why not?
- How could this problem contribute to the infodemic?
- Who is responsible for making sure people get the full story?
- Choose one of the statistics. What would you like to say to the journalist that wrote this?
Can you come up with three top tips for understanding numbers in the news? For example, how could people avoid being misled?
CHALLENGE: how can the language used to by the media to report a statistic change the public's opinion about the information?
Lots of activities are in this PowerPoint: headlines, a dice game and skills reflection. Work through it in your own time.
CHALLENGE: can you use examples from the news to say why the power of the media is a good / bad thing? For example, how could the media affect people’s opinions on the covid-19 vaccines? How might this affect people’s choices about a vaccine?
Over to you!
Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.