As the world fights the Covid-19 pandemic, it's also battling rumors and misinformation about the virus that may lead the public to believe and even take harmful actions. Exchange alumni Michelle Ciulla Lipkin of the National Association for Media Literacy and Dr. Ankuran Dutta of Gauhati University joined us on May 20, 2020 to talk about how you can prevent the spread of harmful rumors.
Ciulla Lipkin, who did a U.S. Speaker program in Australia, and Dr. Dutta, who participated in the SUSI program, also shared tips on how to sanitize our minds as well as our hands, verify your sources of information, and be more media literate. They also answered several questions from the audience. Watch the video and learn how you can fight pandemic misinformation!
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education.
Dr. Ankuran Dutta
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University
Dr. Ankuran Dutta is Associate Professor and Head, Department of Communication and Journalism at Gauhati University in Guwahati, Assam, India. Dr Dutta is a media educator by profession with 15 years experience in different academic activities in India, Bangladesh, Canada, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia. Recently he has been awarded with prestigious National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science and Technology Communication in the Electronic Medium for 2018. He was also recognized as the Best Media Educator (Associate Professor) at the Media and Media Education Summit in 2018 in New Delhi. Dr. Dutta has participated in the Study of the United States Institutes program in Journalism and Media at E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at the University of Ohio, USA from June-August, 2018.