How do people around the world get informed about coronavirus and about the responses to the pandemic
Uncertainty and controversy around the COVID–19 pandemic has intensified the debate about misinformation in the last few weeks. “We're not just fighting an epidemic; we're fighting an infodemic”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. We don’t have new data on how the outbreak is changing news consumption around the world. However, researchers at the Reuters Institute have been investigating how media outlets and technologies shape, mediate, and reflect the global problems of misinformation.
A post we recently published provides a short overview of this research with seven highlights that can help us understand how people navigate information (and misinformation) and what role journalism and news can play in the current pandemic. One of the authors of that post is Rasmus Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. He will explain our key findings on a webinar on Thursday 26 March at 13:30, GMT.