BilthMoment: Media Literacy, With Emmanuel Appiah Gyasi

Emmanuel Appiah Gyasi has accumulated four years of experience in teaching and about six years of experience in community work and volunteerism.

Emmanuel is currently an administrative assistant at the Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Education, Winneba, where he assists in the day-to-day office administration.

He is also a language and communication strategist, language teacher,  presenter, event production manager, actor, voice-over artist, a volunteer news reporter at Radio WindyBay and a budding linguist.

Emmanuel Appiah Gyasi

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Emmanuel is a graduate of the University of Education, Winneba with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language Education and Applied linguistics focusing on English Language teaching and application of general language concepts.

Emmanuel Appiah Gyasi is very passionate about youth skill development, education and mentorship, gender equity and reduced inequalities, hence driven by the desire to achieve higher knowledge and advanced skills in interpersonal relations.

Emmanuel plans to impart further his acquired skills and knowledge in his immediate community, country, Africa and the world at large.
Mr. Appiah started his presentation by stating the form of his presentation and the three parts it will take; introduction, main presentation and conclusion.
“So Jerry John Rawlings is the best president in the world and of course Banku and okro stew is the best meal in the world,” he said, and set the room on fire. 

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He continued by saying that in an ever-growing world where information flies in from left right and center, it’s important for one to know how to handle information and handle it better. 
The term ‘media’ as used in this context involves news, information, articles and all other things we read, listen to or watch, as well as the things we read on social media.

“I will be taking us through some three key things one can do to a piece of information once you receive it from wherever or whoever” he added. 
We all get them; messages containing the latest news, opinions and gossip. Either from friends, family, or co-workers.

From official and unofficial sources. Often times, depending on the information and who or where it’s it’s coming from, the urge to pass it on can be hard to resist.

But should you?

In this series, we’re going to talk about why, when it comes to information sharing, we should all stop, reflect and verify”  he continued.

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The first thing to do when you receive a message is to STOP and ask why the message was shared, who it is coming from, what the content is and what it is meant for, all in the context of what is happening around you.

So first you have to stop when you receive the message. STOP and question the content, examine the timing of the content and what it seeks to benefit” he added. 
The next step is to REFLECT on the content or message you have received. 
To reflect means looking beyond where the message was sent from and look beyond the headline, font and designs that the story comes with.

“So in reflecting, what we do is take our time to actually read what we have received. Read to identify either what you’ve received is a fact or just an opinion before sharing” he added. 
He continued to say that our ability to distinguish between a fact and an option helps us to determine whether the content we have received is good content or not.

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“To reflect means to read the entire content and look out for facts, opinions, viewpoints, voices, etc” he added. 
The third key thing to do is to verify. Having stopped and reflected on the shared information, you must now verify what has been shared with you.

“To verify means to authenticate, have a second look and make sure what you are reading is credible” he continued.
Verification can be done by looking at the creator of the content, the date and the institution or organisation the content relates to.

‘”Again, in verifying, you can visit the popular news portals or outlets to see if they are reporting the same thing” he added. 
So verification is important as it climaxes the entire activity. As information consumers, it’s important to take a critical look at the things we share especially because we cannot do without information.

If nothing at all we get informed on what’s happening around us. Information sharing has become an integral part of our lives and our knowledge of media literacy is something that will enable us to survive in this new world.

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