The WHO first coined the term "infodemic" which is the rapid spread of an excessive amount of information that is typically unreliable. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages through and opinions become more polarized with the increasing use of social media and technology, it is easy to fall prey to the infodemic. There is need for investigative news and evidence-based information from reliable sources to manage the public health and sociopolitical crises of today's world.
Against this backdrop, we have arranged a session with Ms Zyma Islam, Reporter, The Daily Star, where she will talk about pursuing truth in the time of misinformation, what role media should play in closing the information gap and the challenges they face in doing so.
Facebook Event Link: Communication During an Infodemic: What We Are Doing Wrong - A Conversation with Zyma Islam
Guest: Zyma Islam, Reporter, The Daily Star
Host: Jinat Jahan Khan, Vice President, Economics Study Center
Date: 21 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
Zyma Islam is currently working as a Reporter at The Daily Star. Before joining the national daily as a full-time reporter, she was a Reporter at The Star Weekend, where she investigated corruption, money, environmental disasters, climate change, health, judicial system etc. She is known for her compelling, analytical and bold journalism.
Ms Zyma completed her BA in Asian Studies from Asian University for Women in 2013, and received her MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2015.