Training helps media personnel to properly report on Covid-19

Health Watch

THE Catholic church has recently trained media personnel to have the skills needed to properly report on the Covid-19 in the country.
The participants were trained to present factual, truthful and reliable information about the virus and to recognise misinformation about the virus.
According to the social communication commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, incorrect information had caused hesitance among the public and good reporting was needed ensure that people were aware of the facts and benefits of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation international development content adviser Lydia Kaia said journalists played a fundamental role in ensuring the correct information was disseminated through the community.
“Our people respond better to the Churches because they believe in the Church more than anybody else,” she said.
“Your hearts are in the right place and this is to ensure we get the right message across to the people.”
Family and sexual violence action committee communications officer Alison Anis said social platforms did not help in containing the virus’ spread but raised fear and uncertainty.
“There is an influx of all types of information coming through social media about the virus but the key lies in being able to distinguish the various types of information,” she said.
“A society that is well informed on the issues can be able to make a better and lifesaving decision.”
Wantok Niuspepa reporter Kingsley Tabing said the workshop served as a reminder for journalists to be more cautious in their reports.
He said all types of information about the Covid-19 was available widely on social media platforms and it was making people fear the vaccines.
It was, therefore, crucial that journalists reported only the facts and reliable information from credible sources in order to give the public the proper information on the virus and the vaccines.
Radio Maria representative Kalistus Lemnai said the occasion provided him with an improved understanding of his role as a media officer.
Lemnai said he would use the knowledge gained to better inform the public about the Covid-19 and the vaccine.
“Many people in PNG are in denial that the Covid-19 exists, but I believe after this session, I am well informed on the duty I have in educating our people about the virus.”

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