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Media Literacy in the Time of Covid.

McDougall, J., Edwards, L. and Fowler-Watt, K., 2021. Media Literacy in the Time of Covid. Sociologia della Comunicazione, 62, 50-68.

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DOI: 10.3280/SC2021-062004


In the early stages of the pandemic, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was not only fighting coronavirus “but our enemy is also the growing surge of misinformation”. (Associated Press, 28.3.20). Media literacy in the time of Covid is situated at an intersection between its value as an educational innoculation against misinformation in general and the urgency of a rapid response to misinformation about the virus. Media literacy in this context takes on a role in public health. This article reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of media literacy in both contexts, collating findings from reviews conducted for the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), European Commisssion, US Embassy and UK Office of Communications (OFCOM), together with a rapid evidence analysis of media literacy with an applied, specific focus on ‘Covid fake news’.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special Edition: Media and/or literacy? Media Education and Education Through Media
Uncontrolled Keywords:Media Literacy, Misinformation, Covid-19, Public Health
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36125
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Jan 2022 16:51
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:29


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