We Asked, You Answered: COVID-19 and the media in Qatar Research

In our exhibitions we encourage discussion and ask audiences questions, encouraging them to respond. In the exhibition Breaking News? how the smartphone changed journalism on view at The Media Majlis fall 2020–spring 2021, we asked our visitors three key questions:

___Who has seen misleading information about COVID-19 from different media sources?
___What type of media do people use for getting news on COVID-19?
___How trustworthy is the news about COVID-19 on the internet?

These questions were inspired by research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) that took place in late March and early April 2020. Their research aimed to document and understand how people in six countries (Argentina, Germany, South Korea, Spain, UK, and USA) accessed news and information about COVID-19 in the early stages of the global pandemic. In addition, they asked how people rated the trustworthiness of the different sources and platforms they rely on, how much misinformation they say they encounter, and their knowledge of and responses to the coronavirus crisis. This RISJ research, along with other data sources was included in the Breaking News? exhibition.

The animated graphics above combine the findings from RISJ with the responses from our visitors. If you want to know more about the creation of this data visualization, read a short interview with Superposition, one of our animation partners. If you are interested in knowing more about the RISJ, watch this program recording about Smart Speakers with RISJ research associate, Nic Newman.

  • Author credits

    Jack Taylor

    Jack Thomas Taylor is Assistant Curator at The Media Majlis, and curator of Arab Identities, images in film. Recent projects include Mind the Gap hosted at Tashkeel (Dubai, 2017), and collaboration on Heritage: A User’s Manual held at the Southbank Centre Archive Studio, and Inert Matter, Then Live Wire, both in London in 2016.  He has also worked as a strategist and producer for an international creative agency, as a features writer and editor for various magazines, and in 2013 founded Alef Magazine in Qatar. He holds a MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London (2016).