Session 5: infodemic Final Piece

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

Have you heard anything that relates to the Issue since last week? This could be things you have seen in the news, conversations you have had on the Hub or something else that links to an infodemic or the media.

  • Have you seen anything in the news that could shape the story?

STEP 2

Read each of these questions. For each one, pick one of these emojis that sums up your reaction to it. Can you say why you feel that way?

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  • How should news make people feel?
  • How do people feel during an infodemic?
  • What do you think about the power the public has over which types of story appear in the news?
  • What do you think about the power the media has over what the public think and do?
  • How do you feel about the media’s ability to shape a story?

CHALLENGE: can you come up with your own questions about the infodemic for people in the comments section to answer?


STEP 3

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Choose one of these statistics, perhaps the one that surprises you the most. Your Final Piece for this Issue is to write an information pull-out page that could be printed in a newspaper to help people navigate the covid-19 infodemic.

Need some help to get started? Read through the worksheet first and then check out this example to show you how it's done.

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Over to you!

This week, it's time to get working on your Final Piece posts! You might want to create your pull-out on a piece of paper (be as creative as you like!), photograph it and then upload it OR your could write it out as a post.

Comments (33)

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

    My question for step 2 for everyone to answer:How does infodemic news make you think and feel? What do you think about the publisher?

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg polite_jackfruit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      glorious_lynx's comment 25 Mar 2021

      To reply it makes my feel quite sad because there are so many fake news sites, and I feel quite angry for the publishers. This may only be me who thinks this but if the newspapers or any other source makes you feel on edge it would make you be careful and aware of what's happening.

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      1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
        polite_jackfruit's comment 30 Mar 2021

        Yes , Polite_ jackfruit I agree with your feelings and reasons . Thank you very much for answering my question! :)

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg neat_cello | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    23 Mar 2021

    What I've heard is that soon the shops are being open avain but I've heard that out of mouth so I dont think it's true. And the infodemic is a desise that people carry around like covid that's a desise. From neat_celo

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      neat_cello's comment 24 Mar 2021

      Hi neat_cello, thanks for your comment. I think you are a little confused between the words "infodemic" and "pandemic". The word "pandemic" describes how a disease like covid-19 has spread to lots of people. The word "infodemic" describes when theres lots and lots of news about something. An infodemic is not the same as a disease.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg neat_cello | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    23 Mar 2021

    What ive heard is that people people arnt aloud to go out to pubs because they arnt open get and they probably feel sad and depressed because they haven't been to any parks any pubs because of covid I've got a question do people still go for walks to get some fresh air with there dogs? Can anyone answer my question please
    From neat_celo.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      neat_cello's comment 25 Mar 2021

      The answer to your question is a straight yes, People who have dogs, have taking the dogs for a walk along with the owners during the covid period. Actually, the animals (pets specifically) were released from the lockdown measures as no contagious vector was identified from them on the Covid. However, I would like to know from your side what is your opinion on allowing people to go to pubs after lifting up the restrictions? and why?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_concept | Michael Faraday School
    24 Mar 2021

    The infodemic has been confusing for all of us such as loads of news coming all at once and even some fake news, but if we wanted to get out of an infodemic and make it less confusing I think we should stop focusing on the bad stuff in the past such as the pandemics and future and if theres any more pandemics or if covid 19 gets any worse because all this news is having LOT'S of people worried.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      articulate_concept's comment 25 Mar 2021

      Why do you think people should not read news related to covid-19 (especially bad news)? What would it be the consequences of not including the bad news?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_concept | Michael Faraday School
        Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG's comment 27 Mar 2021

        Well, the consequences would be that you wouldn't know there was bad news and you would carry on living your life not knowing that there is still bad news and I think people shouldn't read things related to covid because it will make them more worried about what will happen in the furture.

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

    Hello Burnet news club. Have a quick question to ask for anyone who could answer this
    When someone for example says there is such a word that means to much information
    Would the word “infodemic” be that word that the person s speaking about or would it be used in a form like “ verbose”???
    I’d really appreciate if anyone answered as ill need it for my final piece!!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 25 Mar 2021

      Great question, decisive_redcurrant. "Infodemic" is generally seen as a thing itself (like pandemic), rather than something that describes another thing. Verbose is usually used to describe someone who likes to use more words than is necessary. A couple of alternative phrases you might want to think about are "information overload", or "overwhelming", "non-stop", "news coming from all angles". Hope that helps!

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 25 Mar 2021

        Thank you very much Tom I really appreciate it and yes thank you

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    24 Mar 2021

    Step 2)
    😮 because news should be interesting and tell you new information 🤔 it should also make you think about different things
    😖 because too much news can be confusing and worrying
    😀 because I think it is important you read news that you actually want to know about; however 🙁 because if the media just reports news the public wants to hear, then we might not be getting the full story or not getting a story.
    😢 because I think people should make their own decisions without being influenced by others
    😢 similar to before, I think people should make up their own minds, and the media shaping a story makes it harder to do so.

    Step 3)
    31% of people were trying to avoid news about Covid-19 by December 2020 surprises and concerns me the most. Surprises - personally, I always like to know what is happening, and not just in the news - I want to know what is going to happen each day. I would have thought that knowing things would reassure people, but knowing almost a third of the population didn’t want to know anything else about coronavirus surprised me. It also concerned me because if you don’t know what is going to happen, you might make decisions that aren’t appropriate in the circumstances, which, during Coronavirus times, could potentially be dangerous.

    sceptical_rainforest

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      sceptical_rainforest's comment 25 Mar 2021

      Thanks for adding your thoughts! Can you empathise with the 31% trying to avoid the news about covid-19? What might be their reasons?

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      1. Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 25 Mar 2021

        While I think you should follow the news, I do understand why the 31% might be avoiding the news. Infodemics can be confusing and overwhelming. I think people don't follow the news because they might think there is too much of it or that there is only bad news.

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

    i think the news should make you feel happy not worried and make you feel safe . A infodemic on the other hand makes me feel angry sad and more

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

    The news is meant to make people happy but most of them are sad and horrible. I think that they should make the people happy by changing the news from unhappy to happy😊😊😊.

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

    I think the news is supposed to make us happy but sadly it doesn`t. Instead, it tells us mostly the gruesome, sad stories that make us feel uncomfortable. I think it should make us feel safe and more happier rather than choosing to not.

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

    😮because news can sometimes be interesting or it might surprise you like millions of people have been vaciend.
    😖as the death rise on covid-19 or the amount of people who are refusing to have the vacine.
    😀as the scientists have found out the cure for the virus and there are know less deaths.
    😢because i think that people should be able to control infodemic and as the corona deaths and news is very sad as the virus is killing mutiple of people.

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

    The news is sometimes happy or sad because the sad news is when someone has been murded or how many deaths there are in covid . The happy news is when you have seen how many people have had vaccines and how many people who have recovered from covid 19.

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

    I think that news and the media infodemic makes me feel all different emotions and sometimes I feel happy about the news because it isn't always bad news and fake story's and that's my opinion for the news 😒😊🤔🤳

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

    To the BNC

    The news should make you either😊😢 { Happy or sad} because sometimes all you here is bad tings like someone has be murdered witch I don't really like or on a news paper on the front of it is always really bad and sad things and there are happy and good things like 1M people have had there vaccine or we are opening a lot more school now that things are all getting better.
    When bad things come on the TV or on a news paper it makes me😢
    When good things come on the TV or paper it makes me😊
    So sometimes it make me happy and sad

    Thank you for reading

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      smart_cranberry's comment 25 Mar 2021

      A balanced answer, smart_cranberry!

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

    Step2:
    1.It makes me feel worried.
    2.Sad
    3.Bad, because they might not share false information.
    4.Bad
    5.Good

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

    Dear BNC,

    A lot of the time, the news can make us feel sad 😢. But the news can also make up feel happy😁. One of the reasons why the news makes positive news into the negative and the gruesome is so that it gets to go on the front cover of the newspaper, because most people (personally no including me) want to have scary, negative and just down right cruel news because they say that it is a much more "interesting" story. But I don't believe in that.

    from,

    sensible horse xxx

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

    news is sometimes sad and happy and I do not no why people even say things what are not true

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

    The news only give out horrible and sad information. They won't say like ( omg! A puppy has been rescued. Awwww!💕) NO! They say like (OMG!!! COVID 19 HAS BEEN SPREEDING TO THE UK!!! OH NO!!!!!!!!!) That's what's they are gonna say! Because of it, people are scared of even watching some news.

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

    I am shocked about how many deaths have been reported about corona virus. The world has lost a quarter of it's population!!

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      dedicated_starfruit's comment 26 Mar 2021

      Could you share your source that proves this please?

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

    eager_reflection here,
    Here are my answers for this session.
    Step 1:
    On the BBC, I found an article explaining about vaccine misinformation in France. It explained about a Facebook group that was against people taking the vaccine. It contained posts about the vaccine that were fake. This relates to this issue because it is talking about misinformation about the vaccine. The French population have been reluctant to take vaccines in the past and now with the Covid vaccine, particularly the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, people, including their president, do not trust its efficacy and are hesitant to take it. I have seen the article that shaped the story. Here is the article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-56526265

    Step 2:
    a) I think that the news could make people feel surprised😲 because the news should be interesting. The news informs people about things, and some people may find certain things shocking or surprising.
    b) I think that people would feel confused😕 and angry😡 during an infodemic because they might not know what sources to trust and could get angry at people who post fake news, deceiving people.
    c) I think that the power of the public has on which types of story appear in the news could be viewed as good👍 or sad 😢 because you could also want to see a certain type of news, whether it is negative or positive. On the other hand, people could be sad because they might not always want to see negative news.
    d) I think that the power the media has over what the public think and do could be alright😐 or could make people unhappy😢. This is because the news shows what the public prefers to see - which is called supply and demand. On the other hand, it shows what more people want, and some people may think differently, so may not see what articles they want to see.
    e) I think that the media being able to shape a story could be also make people sad😥 because certain sources can be biased and that can affect people's opinions, causing to become confused😕.
    Challenge:
    How would people feel if they post fake news?
    What do you think about people posting fake news about the pandemic?
    How do you feel about the news containing mostly bad news?

    Step 3:
    The statement that concerns me the most is 'By December 2020, 31% of people were trying to avoid news about COVID-19.' This is because people could be missing out on important pieces of information, such as 'A vaccine has been approved by the UK' and could still be thinking negatively about the pandemic until they hear about the news. They could make decisions that they may not have if they keep up to date with the news. Avoiding news about the coronavirus could be dangerous, because people might not know what is going on, and could miss important dates, such as when schools came back.
    Thank you for reading.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    01 Apr 2021

    Step1

    Did you know, scientists have done some research which suggests that the news can shape us in surprising ways – from our understanding of risk to the content of our dreams, to our chances of having a heart attack? Ways to do this could be to change the wording of news to give you another point of view which could also be a long way from the truth.

    Step2

    It depends on what type of news but it should make you aware of important information and should make you feel safe.
    People might feel scared and worried during an infodemic.
    Because the media only shares news that the public wants to hear, which means that we might not always get the true story. This is called ‘SUPPLY & DEMAND.
    I believe some people believe whatever the media says and I think that this influences the public to do different and wrong things.
    I feel that it’s wrong that the media can persuade our opinion of news by shaping the story because they could take advantage of it and use it for wrong intentions.

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  • global-conversation.png glad_grapefruit | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    20 Apr 2021

    I dont know what to say! Iam shocked how many many deaths have been reported about corona virus!
    The world lost many lives

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