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.
Recap! Can you define NEWS in seven words or less? Can you do the same for INFODEMIC?
- What’s the difference between these words? When did news about the pandemic turn into an infodemic?
CHALLENGE: what does the suffix “-demic” mean? How does it link “infodemic” and “pandemic”?
Have a look at these headlines.
NEW SPECIES OF FISH DISCOVERED
POLLUTION POISONING OUR OCEANS
CHARITY RAISES £1,000
"HAPPIEST DAY EVER" RECORDED
THIEF STEALS £1,000 FROM CHARITY
For each one, answer these questions:
- Is this a big issue or a small issue?
- Is this issue urgent?
- What might happen if people didn’t know about this issue?
- Why would it be better if people did know about this issue?
Then pretend to be a newspaper editor. You need to get rid of five of the headlines above and leave only the one which is most important for the public to know. Which one would you pick?
- Is good news or bad news more important? Why?
- Would there ever be an infodemic of good news? Why / why not?
Work though this PowerPoint, answering all of the questions as you go. There's a story, some statistics and a question where you have to answer from a certain point of view.
CHALLENGE: can you use the following words in a conversation before next week? SUPPLY, DEMAND, NEGATIVITY BIAS, INFODEMIC, PANDEMIC
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.