Media And Information Literacy

The Role of Media and Its Impact in Today’s COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic is spreading all over the globe, and people are worried about it. Many implementations have been made by the government to prevent the virus from spreading. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant loss of human life throughout the world, posing a spawned the emergence of events to public health, food systems, and the environment (World Health Organization, n.d.). Different forms of media have been used to help disseminate information in every country. A huge percentage of people all over the world rely on various forms of media to keep them informed about current events throughout the world (“Importance of Media”, 2018). According to Davis (2021), media is now an important part of our lives, and it plays a significant influence in almost every aspect of our everyday lives. It connects us to global events and provides us with information such as news, history, and entertainment. These are some of the reasons why media has a significant impact on society as a whole.

The Role of Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic is that it can help society to learn what information is right and what is wrong. According to Tang, Q., Zhang, K., & Li, Y. (2020), the government's actions and social media giants have shown that public-private cooperation to recognize, fact-check, and even terminate false or outdated information may be an effective way to prevent this online information from hindering or even worsening public health efforts. Social media operators can monitor high-traffic information and combine artificial intelligence to remove misleading information on time. If false information is spread throughout the internet, people will underestimate the virus, like the ones who were called the anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. Moreover, according to Kristine De Valck, people turn to social media not only for support and entertainment but also as a source of information. In addition, media needs to publish and update information about the pandemic promptly and popularize knowledge through the government and medical professionals to help guide the public correctly and stabilize public sentiment.

Media serves as a way of transmitting information to people when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can also use it to be aware of what is happening to us every day, especially in today's time. We must know the news about the pandemic immediately so that we know what to prepare for and do in the coming days. The media is meant to offer us diverse points of view that we must evaluate in order to come up with a possible solution to specific situations. Nevertheless, we should be cautious about the information we get since not all of it is accurate. And with media, it can ensure the safety of the people because of all the types of information that it contains because with all the news spreading about the harmful effects of the virus, people will realize that going out unnecessarily will be fatal and can harm their family and people around them.

"We are in this together - and we will get through this, together." - Antonio Guterres


Media and information Literacy

What Happens if Traditional Media Was Never Invented?

Media is a way to communicate and convey information to other people. It represents the numerous ways in which we communicate in society because it encompasses all forms of communication; anything from a phone conversation to the nightly news on television may be classified as media (Market Business News, 2021). Traditional media are channels that have been a part of our society for more than a half-century. For many years, businesses have utilized various tactics to reach out to customers and persuade them to make purchases. Until recently, these marketing and promotion methods were highly efficient in assisting firms in making a profit (Lee, 2019). Imagine how our world will be without traditional media. How are we going to communicate in our society?

Traditional Media is a groundbreaking invention that helps thousands of people by giving information, communicating with other people, and it can even be used for entertainment purposes (democracy, 2020). Different types of traditional media such as newspapers, radio, magazines, and television will not be replaced and always be remembered by anyone specifically to those people who are more comfortable using it. Without the creation of Traditional Media, newspapers, billboards, television, and any type of medium will not be made and people will only rely on communication with others around the world which will not also allow the of information, news, and other important events in our lives today.

Traditional media has various uses, especially it helps us to communicate with others which is very important so that we know about what is happening to us as well as to other people. It also can be used for entertainment purposes because mediums like television and radio have different types of channels where you can watch shows, news and even listen to music. Without it, we cannot know what are the current issues and events that are happening in the world. Even if there are new media, we still need to give importance to the traditional media for the reason that it is all started there.

"Internet Advertising will not be replace, Traditional Media it will compliment them."
-Jef I. Richards



Media and Information Literacy

No Face-to-Face Classes, No Students’ Cases

Due to the spread of the COVID – 19 virus, the Philippine government has implemented several solutions, including online and/or modular learning for students. Different people have made major adjustments, not only in the Philippines but all over the world. Many individuals are opposed to it, yet it is necessary for the students' and facilities' safety. According to Magsambol (2020), as the government fights the virus, several students and groups have asked for an "academic freeze." They stated that the coronavirus quarantine had an impact on household finances and that many Filipinos lack access to a computer or the internet. Students are worried that they will not learn in the new learning system.

When opening face-to-face classes, we have several ideas so that students will is for the ones who are fully vaccinated so that the students who are attending face-to-face classes are safer from the virus. College students who are taking courses that are essential in the pandemic like nurses, doctors, medicine, etc. Also, to places that are considered low-risk areas, so that students have a lower chance of being infected. The school also needs proper supplies and materials that are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and students must also attend with the full permission of their parents so that they have an option whether to study online or face to face. For us, college students are the best students for face-to-face classes because they are the ones who are going to apply for a job in the future that will be needed in our country, the Philippines. According to a study from UNICEF (2020), they are assisting the Philippines' Departments of Education and Health in planning for the progressive, voluntary, and safe reopening of schools in low-risk pilot locations. Municipalities having less than one COVID-19 case per 100,000 people and a negative growth rate in the previous two weeks are considered low-risk.
All available procedures to limit viral transmission in school must be adopted to safeguard the safety of children who will be attending in-person lessons, including:
• Teachers, school personnel, and students are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in compliance with national and local regulations.
• Handwashing facilities and improved hygiene procedures
• Surfaces and shared objects should be cleaned regularly.
• ventilation that is adequate and appropriate
• To maintain physical separation and small groupings, cohorting and, alternating physical presence are used.
• Mechanisms for communicating information with parents, students, and instructors
• In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak in the area, establishing criteria and obligatory procedures for interim school closure.

Face-to-face class is a must but if we will risk students’ life without any guarantee that they will be safe, their lives will only be more dangerous. Other college courses need to have face-to-face classes because they can help our situation and the online class is not the answer for them. Let us not insist that all students can go back to school. We must always remember that it is very important to take care of our health especially in this time of pandemic because it is not just for us, but also the people around us and a student's life will still be ahead of his or her return to normal education.

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope"
- Martin Luther King Jr.