Media Minded by ShoutOut UK

Media Minded by ShoutOut UK

Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies, with interviews from the journalists tasked with fighting them. Each episode focuses on accounts from the journalist being interviewed. Listen to first-hand experience working in the fast-moving world of breaking news and hear in-depth accounts of investigations into disinformation campaigns. Presented by Matteo Bergamini, edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown. This podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US embassy in London and the global engagement centre at the US state department.

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July 14, 2020

Michał Giersz is a presenter and journalist at Polsat News, Poland. Has politics become too emotional? How can we stop blindly trusting the people we agree with? In our final episode of the season, Matteo Bergamini talks to Michał about being a presenter during the Covid-19 lockdown; the role of the media in a democracy; how bias can affect reporting; and how an experienced journalist accidentally used photos of the show “Lost” in ...

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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Michał Giersz is a presenter and journalist at Polsat News, Poland. Has politics become too emotional? How can we stop blindly trusting the people we agree with? In our final episode of the season, Matteo Bergamini talks to Michał about being a presenter during the Covid-19 lockdown; the role of the media in a democracy; how bias can affect reporting; and how an experienced journalist acc...

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Nicolas Zannettos is the Chief Editor at Alpha TV, Cyprus. Will we forget the experts that have guided us throughout this pandemic once we no longer need them? How should we deal with coordinated disinformation campaigns? Is the anti-Christ involved in covid-19? Matteo Bergamini talks to Nicolas about being an editor during the pandemic, bot networkers, fake accounts and how a new generation of journalists, sensitive to accuracy an...

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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Nicolas Zannettos is the Chief Editor at Alpha TV, Cyprus. Will we forget the experts that have guided us throughout this pandemic once we no longer need them? How should we deal with coordinated disinformation campaigns? Is the anti-Christ involved in covid-19? Matteo Bergamini talks to Nicolas about being an editor during the pandemic, bot networkers, fake accounts and how a new generat...

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Matt Chorley is a presenter on Times Radio and the host of The Times Redbox podcast. In an age of instant gratification, instant shopping and instant information, did Covid-19 and its lack of credible information at the start make us more susceptible to misinformation? Matteo Bergamini talks to Matt about the difference between opinion and news, trust in the media, extreme views, and the importance of healthy skepticism. Matt also ...

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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Matt Chorley is a presenter on Times Radio and the host of The Times Redbox podcast. In an age of instant gratification, instant shopping and instant information, did Covid-19 and its lack of credible information at the start make us more susceptible to misinformation? Matteo Bergamini talks to Matt about the difference between opinion and news, trust in the media, extreme views, and the ...

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Holger Roonemaa is an investigative journalist for Ekspress Media, Estonia, and has also written for Buzzfeed. Ever wondered how you can find the source of rumors and misinformation? How it would feel to have, not only yours but your mum's personal details added to a neo-nazi forum? Matteo Bergamini talks to Holger about the importance of investigative journalism, including details on his biggest investigation to date, which le...

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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Holger Roonemaa is an investigative journalist for Ekspress Media, Estonia, and has also written for Buzzfeed. Ever wondered how you can find the source of rumors and misinformation? How it would feel to have, not only yours but your mum's personal details added to a neo-nazi forum? Matteo Bergamini talks to Holger about the importance of investigative journalism, including details on...

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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Marzio Fatucchi is a journalist for the Corriere Fiorentino, a local branch of Corriere Della Sera one of the main newspapers in Italy. Why do we get attracted to fairytales instead of fact-based information? With scenes of army trucks taking 250 coffins out of Bergamo, how badly was Italy affected by the pandemic? Matteo Bergamini talks to Marzio about the importance of local journalism,...

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Marzio Fatucchi is a journalist for the Corriere Fiorentino, a local branch of Corriere Della Sera one of the main newspapers in Italy. Why do we get attracted to fairytales instead of fact-based information? With scenes of army trucks taking 250 coffins out of Bergamo, how badly was Italy affected by the pandemic? Matteo Bergamini talks to Marzio about the importance of local journalism, the difficulty of reporting during the heig...

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June 9, 2020 60 min
Martina Chapman is the national coordinator of Media Literacy Ireland. Unconscious bias is like body odour - it’s hard for us to recognise we have it, so we need to practice good information hygiene to ensure our opinions don’t ‘stink’. Matteo Bergamini talks to Martina about why the term Fake News has become so problematic and how the Media Literacy Ireland campaign managed to create a unified coalition of media organisations rall...
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This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Martina Chapman is the national coordinator of Media Literacy Ireland. Unconscious bias is like body odour - it’s hard for us to recognise we have it, so we need to practice good information hygiene to ensure our opinions don’t ‘stink’. Matteo Bergamini talks to Martina about why the term Fake News has become so problematic and how the Media Literacy Ireland campaign managed to create a u...
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June 2, 2020 72 min
Cristo Foufas is a presenter for TalkRadio. In an effort to make money, is the media sacrificing fact for higher ratings? Does our obsession with 'balance' in reporting give unqualified people a platform? Matteo Bergamini talks to Cristo about his media journey from producing Loose Women to radio presenting. They also discuss the growing issue of ratings and experts versus opinion and provide you with top tips for ensuring ...
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June 2, 2020 5 min
*This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Cristo Foufas is a presenter for TalkRadio. In an effort to make money, is the media sacrificing fact for higher ratings? Does our obsession with 'balance' in reporting give unqualified people a platform? Matteo Bergamini talks to Cristo about his media journey from producing Loose Women to radio presenting. They also discuss the growing issue of ratings and experts versus opini...
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Felicia Nedzelschi is a journalist for Agora Media, from the Republic of Moldova. In a country where most media is run by rich politicians, how open and fair is the media? Who decides what is true and what is false? Who regulates the regulators? Matteo Bergamini talks to Felicia about some of the stories she has covered, bias, and the issues that arise when politicians own several of the most popular media outlets, including her to...
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*This is a short clip for teaching purposes. Felicia Nedzelschi is a journalist for Agora Media, from the Republic of Moldova. In a country where most media is run by rich politicians, how open and fair is the media? Who decides what is true and what is false? Who regulates the regulators? Matteo Bergamini talks to Felicia about some of the stories she has covered, bias, and the issues that arise when politicians own several of th...
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May 19, 2020 73 min
Damaso Reyes is an international journalist from the USA, currently living in Barcelona and the founder of a new media literacy consultancy called Clarify Media. Is the trust we have in our family and friends and what they share on social media being manipulated to get us to spread misinformation? Is our admiration in celebrities clouding our judgement? A musician isn't a medical expert after all. Matteo Bergamini talks to Dama...
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*This is a short clip for teaching purposes. If you wish to listen to the full episode click HERE Damaso Reyes is an international journalist from the USA, currently living in Barcelona and the founder of a new media literacy consultancy called Clarify Media. Is the trust we have in our family and friends and what they share on social media being manipulated to get us to spread misinformation? Is our admiration in celebrities clou...
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Can you ever put forward a logical argument against an emotional one? *This is a short clip for teaching purposes. If you wish to listen to the full episode click HERE Darryl Morris is a late-night radio show presenter on TalkRadio in the UK, meaning he is often at the front-line when tackling misinformation. Are we grasping any emotional argument, no matter how ludicrous it might seem, to make senses of the world we live in when...
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Can you ever put forward a logical argument against an emotional one?  Darryl Morris is a late-night radio show presenter on TalkRadio in the UK, meaning he is often at the front-line when tackling misinformation. Are we grasping any emotional argument, no matter how ludicrous it might seem, to make senses of the world we live in when fact-based info is scarce? Matteo Bergamini talks to Darryl about what types of misinformation he...
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