#30 Expert knowledge!16 April 2021
This competition required some excellent listening skills - and you didn’t let us down. The quality of your entries this week was fantastic! Our winners are…
trusting_dragonfly of Whyteleafe School E, who listened to Evan Davis and learnt that it’s important to think about what a person wants to believe before trusting new information
discreet_drum of Upton Cross Primary School, who learnt about the consequences of false information from Pippa Allen-Kinross.
Over the course of this Issue, we have had lots of amazing experts answering your questions.
Listening to experts is extremely important because they are more likely to give us reliable information, as they have lots of knowledge and experience in their subject. So for this weeks competition...
Your challenge is to re-watch one or more of the expert videos from this Issue and tell us about what you've learnt from them.
The more videos you watch, the more knowledge you'll get!
You have five awesome people to choose from. Click on their names to go to their videos:
- Aleksandra Kuzmanovic, who co-manages the social media for the World Health Organisation
- Evan Davis, a TV and radio presenter for the BBC
- Natasha Loder, the Health Policy Editor here at The Economist
- Pippa Allen-Kinross, Deputy Editor of the fact-checking organisation Full Fact
- Khady Gueye, a Black Lives Matter protest organiser
Here's a sentence starter for your entry if you need some help to get going:
I chose to watch (insert name of expert here)'s video because... (insert reason here). By listening to them, I learnt... (say what you learnt here).
The deadline for entries is Friday April 16th at midday. PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE and make sure your work is your own. Good luck!
I chose to watch Pippa Allen-Kinross’s video where she answered the question: “Are there any consequences for spreading false information?” because in my point of view, I believe it’s important to know the consequences so people can stop spreading misinformation, especially during the pandemic because some fake information makes people feel scared, worried or confused, for example, “BREAKING NEWS, scientists have proved that the Astra vaccine is not safe and NHS has been lying to all of us about it”.
By listening, I learnt that “There's a lot of consequences of false information...it can change the way people vote, it can change the way they treat certain groups or ethnic minorities and it can even prompt people to cause damage”, and that the fact-checking organisation says “Misinformation ruins lives and it can cause really serious consequences”.
Before hearing this video, I believed that if there were a lot of consequences for a thing like spreading misinformation, it would be a little over the top.
I now know that it’s a good thing that there are many consequences because if it can actually change the way people think about lots of things that might be important, then it's wrong and people need to pay the price for their actions.
I chose to watch Evan Davis's video because I always think that TV presenters learn so much as they read out so much news. Also, he answered the question 'Do you have any top tips on spotting fake news or lies?' which I am interested in.
By listening to Evan, I learnt that you should always think of what that person believes before believing what they are saying. The quote he used was, 'Ask yourself, when someone tells you something, where is this person coming from? What do they want to believe?'. This is a really powerful quote and I will definitely think about it in the future.
Thank you for reading,
I chose to watch Evan Davis answering the question: Do you come across people who refuse to believe the truth, and if so how do you deal with them?
I picked this question because I wanted to know what the best tips to deal with such people were myself, as I could encounter this situation in the future.
By listening to him explaining in detail, I learnt that no matter how much you argue with these type of people, they will not change their mind, and in fact you are actually encouraging them to argue back. By calming them down, you can discuss the matter while they are in a more collected state. I think people like this can relate to a balloon or taming a beast. The more air you pump into it, it grow bigger and eventually burst. On the other hand, if you deflate the balloon, it will grow smaller, like the person's problem. Through experience, people can learn many things. Also, if you are taming a beast, and are hostile to it, it will strike back, though if you calm it down, it will eventually gain your trust. By watching all his videos, I think that Evan Davis taught me many things that I will consider in the future. One such such thing is that fake news, and story behind it, is very complex, because it delves into people's psychology.
Thanks for reading.
I watched Alexsandra’s 2nd video where she answers the question of ‘why do people spread fake news?’Something I learnt is that not everyone who spreads fake information have bad intentions and that sometimes they just find the fake information and then spread it.That they don’t always want to hurt someone or make someone confused.I used to think,like the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about the people who spread fake news is that they are bad and have bad intentions but after the video I found out that it’s not always like that.
I don't agree with you you have to tell the truth because positively affects people, negatively affects other people
When Alexandra’s 2nd video she gave a question saying “why do people speak fake news?” I think that I have learnt throughout this topic is that Fake news can be spreaded very easily for example imagine if someone went and told you that all of the Covid vaccines have alcohol inside when the Covid vaccine is my not have alcohol inside such things like this lead onto huge problems in the world because people start to believe it because it’s interesting and from then on there gonna start spreading it more because they’ve heard it from someone else but after watching the whole video I really played it back and I realise that people that spread fake news really don’t mean to hurt anyone in any way or to spread fake news because they’ve been told by someone which they thought was true but was actually not true people that spread fake news think that they are spreading true news and helpfulness to others when they are not because they don’t know that
I watched Khady Gueye's video on the subject of Black Lives Matter because in the video, she explained about the experience around the Black Lives Matter movement. She talked about her personal experience on how some people do not understand how racism can affect people of color and she also explained the difficulty of some people understanding racism since it can be invisible to them and they have never suffered from it before but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Sometimes racism can manifest unknowingly.
So the concept of Black Lives Matter is not to offend anyone but it is to raise awareness that racism exists in different forms and that a lot of people are experiencing it everyday.
What inspirers me? Well to observe people when there lying or not but to also lisent for people who are being truthul and not lying. I think i learned that to work in news u jave to be compassionate.
I watched Khady Gueye's video on when people try to deny things about racism, she unfolds her own personal experience where she had encountered people denying the fact that racism exists or that colored people are being exposed to any type of differentiation, which she had afterwards explained and described to be a sensitive matter to all people of colors from ethnic backgrounds. I really believe this is a crucial matter that requires awareness and shouldn't be ignored, for those words show how ignorant these people still are, and those same words could cause psychological harm to the colored person hearing them especially after being a victim of racism every day, all of which proves Khady Gueye's point that sometimes racism can be invisible to white people but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It highlights how much work we now have left to do.
I chose to watch Alexandra Kuzmanovic's video because I was interested to know if there was any extra pressure for the organisation to spread news during this pandemic, as she co-manages the social media for the World Health Organisation.
By listening to her video, I learnt that it takes a lot of effort to spread news about Covid-19 and health in general. An example of this is having to simplify the information they were given by scientists, so the general public understands better. This shows it is a demanding job because you have to modify the original information without taking away any important points. Furthermore, their large social media presence suggests many people trust this source. This adds more stress into the job as they have to be extra careful in not spreading inaccurate facts to their millions of consumers.
I chose Khady Gueye's video where she talked about Black Lives Matter in which she talks about her personal experience with racism as she is one of the people who have been exposed to racism and also explained that some people do not know what racism affects blacks and that it could be about joking ways unintentionally. But it affects a lot ...
I watched Pippa Allen-Kinross answering the questions because fake news is everywhere and it is interesting to learn about what the main aspect of fake news is and how they affect peoples trust with the news. I have learnt that spreading fake news can be very misleading and it can then lead to bigger problems because people then don’t trust what they hear and read in the news. I also learnt that there are many consequences that go along with fake news and that fake news isn’t ideal in serious situations.