Session 3: the impact of the media

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!

Scroll down for all of the activities from this session.

STEP 1

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STEP 2

Each of these cards shows a real statistic from January 2021.

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Does each one show good news or bad news?

  1. What do you notice about these numbers?
  2. What if two people see or hear different statistics about the same issue? Is this fair? Why / why not?
  3. How could this problem contribute to the infodemic?
  4. Who is responsible for making sure people get the full story?
  5. 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?


STEP 3

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.

Comments (41)

  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    08 Mar 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    I was just wondering in the Powerpoint on slide 13 if the 'us' is supposed to be 'use' ? Please feel free to correct me if I'm incorrect.
    Thanks for the great video!!!!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      eager_reflection's comment 08 Mar 2021

      Hi eager_reflection, yes it is - good spot!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    08 Mar 2021

    Step1

    It could affect their opinion because they might see something from a different angle from where I'm standing whereas I might see something entirely different.

    Some people could be happy or angry about a news story but it depends on what you think of the news, and how or if it makes any difference to your views and opinion. For example, schools in your area might be closed but others could be open.

    Step2

    The numbers are very close or are the same but they’re all less and close to 50.

    It’s not fair because why should only some people get the right information? Everyone should get the truth otherwise they don’t know what to believe.

    It could contribute to the infodemic because they have more interesting topics about things that they know the public would want to see which will allow them to post more fake news.

    Journalists and reporters are responsible for making sure people get the whole story because they’re the ones who report and write it to make sure that we get the right information.

    I chose the “WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN DOING?” article. I would say “Where are your findings and evidence to back up your point? Where did you get your sources from and more so, are those sources and stats of their findings reliable..?? and how do you know it’s true?”

    The language used in social media could be persuasive and edited in many ways to create up a whole story plot to make you believe something that is not wholly true.

    Step3

    There is no definitive answer to whether the power of the media is "good" or "bad". Research has shown that it can have both positive and negative effects, and often these effects depend on how the media is being used.

    Social media could make people believe that the vaccine doesn't work and could make you get the virus more easily. Or it could also encourage people to feel more positive about being vaccinated, like having a shield to protect yourself from becoming very seriously ill.

    People might decide not to take the vaccine because social media may be fuelling the publics’ concern about the potential effects of the vaccine.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      discreet_drum's comment 09 Mar 2021

      Excellent work on today's session! You have shown great problem-solving when looking at the activities to do with numbers. Will you be able to share your ideas back in school with the rest of your Burnet News Club this week?

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      1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Mar 2021

        Thanks Olivia, I don't think we're going to be doing it at school as we've just only come back to school so I can't share my ideas with the rest of my class.

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    2. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      discreet_drum's comment 11 Mar 2021

      I agree with you because...

      step 1- Yes, I agree because no one is wrong the are all on the same subjects but on different opinions and sides. Its just like the two people who thought the 6 was a 9 they are equally correct because they had different opinions and sides.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
    09 Mar 2021

    Step 1: No , nobody is wrong here because they are both viewing the number from a different side and angle [perspective]. None of their opinions are wrong as they are both correct in their view. If someone hears something on the news , its alright to have a different opinion as everyone has their choice . There is nothing to quarell about , just explain why you think this and why you think this is like that. They have different feelings , choices and opinions because of the way they usually feel and how their opinions are. It depends on what you think about the news and how you feel about it . Eg. Shops are closed in your area but they are open in other areas.

    Step 2:
    This is unfair if some people get to hear real news and some people hear fake news . This is because more fake news is spread than true news and fake newsers will have the courage to put more on the internet making people's minds towards their news and making the world think that the truth is fake and the fake is true which , is bad. This can cause infodemic because fake news is more intresting and is more fun to read rather than the fake news . Fake newsers know that public would rather read fake news easily which would allow fake news to spread faster. We could solve this problem by encouraging others to watch news on tv rather than read articles online because journalists report the correct information and spread true things which is good so , we can encourage others to watch news on TV or read articles that sound true and are true to belive. Reporters and Journalists are responsible for bringing us the true news. I choose the 'POOR SHOW' article and I would say to the writer/journalist that This is still a good effort and people are getting vaccinated . This costs lots of money and this is a big effort. Why don't you bring in how much it has costed and taken to vaccinate people?? Then say these things. Where is your evidence?? I would say this. The language is very persuasive and has been written in ways to make it a story plot , making others feel that its true when it actually is not.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      glorious_lynx's comment 09 Mar 2021

      Great problem-solving around how to find trustworthy news sources. You say people should "read articles that sound true". Can you explain this? What makes something sound true, or how could you check it?

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      1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Mar 2021

        We can find articles that sound true by , finding if the article is more formal and is un exaggrated and seems false. You can check this by searching the issue/thing on the internet.

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          1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
            willing_dove's comment 14 Mar 2021

            Thanks , willing _ dove!! You are right!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
    09 Mar 2021

    Step 3
    Social media is a good and bad place. There are both positives and negatives. It depends on how it is used. Social media is making people think that the vaccine is a bad thing and causes harm and does not work . Social media can also tell us that the vaccine is a great thing to take as it helps to stop covid - 19 and wear face covering to protect you and others.
    Public are not taking the vaccine because of social media faking things about the vaccine making people scared.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      glorious_lynx's comment 11 Mar 2021

      Could you please provide a suggestion to trade-off the opinion between good and bad news in Social Media? and How would you identify the fake news?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    10 Mar 2021

    STEP 1
    We discussed this in class but here are my opinions
    When looking at this picture I realise that no one was wrong and no one was right I actually saw this on social media platform and both of them are wrong they are both standing on each side therefore it looks different for each of them the same thing everyone has their own opinions, ideas,views and more
    This is also the same thing as people disagreeing on a certain type of news some people have different descriptors on the news and some don’t some people have a good reason why they don’t agree some people do honestly in this photo no one is wrong and no one is right it’s just that they’re standing on each side therefore it’s different for them

    Step 2
    With the first card some people believe that this is fake news in some believe that it is true news search things like this make people believe that something is true when it is definitely not true and this has happened a lot during the coronavirus and example is people are saying all teachers are going to get vaccinated but this isn’t true the government never said that all teachers will get vaccine they predicted that maybe some teachers might get vaccinated But with all of them we agreed that a light at the end of the tunnel was the best one

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 11 Mar 2021

      Could you please provide examples in which both sides might be right on the opinions given to one issue? In addition, What elements would you consider to make a decision between two opinions that seem to be right for you?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg opinionated_badger | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    11 Mar 2021

    you have to have an open mind if you think the news is fake and listen to what they are saying to predict if it is fake or not

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg focused_hurricane | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    11 Mar 2021

    The media's opinion can effect people opinion on social media because the media love to express things that aren't true

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
    11 Mar 2021

    Could you please provide examples in which both sides might be right on the opinions given to one issue? In addition, What elements would you consider to make a decision between two opinions that seem to be right for you?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_flight | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    What if that wasn't true what if they relied on those papers what would people do?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg happy_fruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    what if all of the teachers don't get vaccinated ?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      happy_fruit's comment 11 Mar 2021

      Vaccines are being given in a set order, depending on age and health conditions, and NHS frontline workers and carers are being prioritised too. The government hopes to offer a vaccine to all adults by September.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    Step1:No one is wrong they are both correct from their point of view. When you turn 6 around it becomes 9, and when you turn 9 around it becomes 6. Some people are happy that Borris Johnson is doing the best he can to handle Corona Virus, while some people are angry they are saying that the Prime Minister is not doing his best to handle Covid-19
    Step2: The news stories Vaccine Success! and A light at the end of a tunnel are good news the thing that stands out is the headline, the 1st and 4th ones have positive headlines and the 2nd and 3rd have negative headlines.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg chatty_power | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    How long will it take to vaccinate everyone

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      chatty_power's comment 11 Mar 2021

      The government hopes to have offered every adult a vaccine by September!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg happy_fruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    will we still go to school ?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_cranberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    I think that first in the pandemic they are lots of old people and people at any age that have not got there vaccine because of the people over 80 haven't all got there vaccine, only 37% have got there vaccine does that work? I don't think that it will work because if they don't get it done then that means that it will take longer for the other people like my age or teenagers who might have covid and who have not hade there vaccine not know what happens if that makes sense. So if you have had your vaccine it does not mean that you do not have covid . So you should still stay two meters apart and you should still wear masks in the shops and all of the other restrictions, so when you get your vaccine please still follow the resteictions.

    Thank you for reading

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg logical_cheetah | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    nobody is wrong as it is all about perspective and the way people look at things like the 6 9 part of this issue every person has there own opinion on what they think . we all discussed it altogrther

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg polite_jackfruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    step 1
    no-one is wrong because they have different points of view, the person on the left sees 6 and the other 9 its only there way of seeing it, like how a story can be different for too people and after that those too are going to share it across the media or in person so the too different pieces information well be shared across the state or country so no-one knows if they are right or wrong.
    step 2
    I believe that this should no even exist because so people are finding the correct information and other not, and it doesn't seem fair because the people getting the wrong information wont know if anything has updated for saying there and stricter rules and they don't know so there life is at risk and they are likely to get a fine from this or even be put in prison! (only if it was a extremely strict rule or they done it several times).
    step 3
    social media is a good and bad place like many other comments have said, for good is that if you missed the news or radio so on you could check a online phone or any source of apps for information, then the bad comes in the information could be fake
    thank you, polite_jackfruit

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg witty_dog | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    Dear BNC,

    In the pandemic there has been lots of people that has had the vaccine, but does the vaccine work? Well the vaccine is not banding you from the virus its helping your body to cope with the virus, but still you have to keep your distance from people so that you don't pass it on.

    When is the virus gonna be over?

    That's a question everybody asks but no one has a answer to that question but we have to keep believing and keep confident.

    I hope you have enjoyed reading this.

    Witty Dog

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Matthew Barbato Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      witty_dog's comment 14 Apr 2021

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts witty_dog - really important questions that the politicians and the scientists are thinking of right now! Recent studies, as well as examples from vaccine use in Israel, shows that the vaccine definitely does work to both stop people getting dangerously ill and stop the spread of the virus to an extent.

      You raise an important question about when we can finally say that the virus is "over", given that we may need to continue wearing masks and socially distance after most of the population is vaccinated (since vaccines are never going to be 100% effective). When do you think the government should be able to say that everything is back to normal - would it be once there are no cases left or do you think we will have to deal with the virus forever (even with some daily restrictions)?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg sensible_horse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    Dear BNC,

    Through the pandemic, live have been at risk, but there is one thing that we can count on to keep us up to date, the news. But are we completely sure that this is real news? do you know that what they are saying on the radio and on the television is 100% true? are we absolutely curtain that these so called "news agents" and reporters aren't just making up news from the top of their head and saying that it is urgent just to keep their jobs or to make money?

    Different people have different perspectives of things, like two people see a number (6) and one person says it is a 6 and the other person says that it is a 9, each one of them thought that they were right because of their perspectives on it.

    i very much hope that you enjoyed reading this,😘

    sensible horse xxx

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg humble_studio | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    VACCINE SUCCESS
    A whopping 37% of people aged 80+ given the COVID 19 vaccine within the first month.

    POOR SHOW
    after one month, less than 4 in 10 people aged 80+ have b
    been vaccinated.
    BYE FOR NOW

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    11 Mar 2021

    When I was in class, me and my partner were talking about number 4, what if people saw different headlines. So what i thought that if people saw different headlines they might think different thing and make a arugment. They might believe that there headline is real and the other headline is just fake.

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    16 Mar 2021

    Step 1) No-one is wrong because it depends on the way you look at it.
    If a news story affected some people in a different way to someone else. For example, if someone was accused of a crime, their family might be angry, but some people might be happy a criminal was brought to justice.

    Step 2) The way it is written affects the reader’s view.
    The numbers are exactly the same in each.
    It is not fair if people heard the same stories written by different people because it affects the view of the reader by the language they use.
    This information could contribute to an infodemic because if people were given lots of information written from different perspectives, reader’s might become confused by what to believe.
    Journalists are responsible for making sure everyone gets the full story because they find things out so they have to give fair views on facts.
    The language used by journalists affects people’s views because for example if you said ONLY 37% of people were vaccinated, Only makes you think that it’s not much and would influence your views.

    Step 3)
    😊 Good news
    🤔 Bad news
    😒 Not good or bad news
    😯 Good news
    😕 Bad news
    😁 Good news
    😃 Good news
    👍 Good news
    😔 Bad news
    😁 Good news
    It makes me feel a bit confused because in lots of the news stories they directly said the opposite of another.
    In 2 minutes:
    3) If someone only saw one headline, they wouldn’t know the full story and it
    would be unfair for them to make a decision about what they think.
    6) If someone had too much news, they might feel confused and upset. It also
    might make someone feel small.
    5) If people saw this many headlines a day, they would be overwhelmed by the
    information. However, they would also know all the facts and make fair
    decisions.
    Too many updates can be a bad thing because you might feel overwhelmed and confused.
    13. I think the media has a big impact on what the public thinks because they use language that influences the public’s opinions. However, good media sources show both sides of an argument and are unbiased, which leaves the public to decide what they think. Also, if the public read information from different sources and perspectives, then they can make their own decision as well.

    I think the most important skill during an infodemic is listening. This is because if you want to know the full story you have to listen to people’s different perspectives and views if you want to make a decision on what you think.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      sceptical_rainforest's comment 17 Mar 2021

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, sceptical_rainforest - and well done for using a "because..." to follow up all of your opinions. I have awarded you with a star for your explanations as they showcase some excellent speaking skills.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg lovely_bee | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    24 Mar 2021

    People can see things from different angles because 4 out of 10 sounds worst than 40 percent and people might feel worried depending on how they see it

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  • global-conversation.png joyful_performance | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    15 Apr 2021

    Some people feel disturbed when listening to the news because it creates a state of fear and anxiety. However, other people enjoy watching the news, for it supports them with global information about what is happening around. We all know that sometimes news deceives us, but we refuse to admit that. This states the fact that we hide ourselves from facing reality and bearing the consequences bravely. It is evident that we want always to accept things without any attempts of challenges and confrontations even if they are fake.

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