Pandemic of Misinformation

We are in the midst of a pandemic of misinformation. Most people have shared fake news online and didn't know that it was made up until after they shared it. People have trouble sorting through digital information, fall for viral hoaxes on social media, and have difficulty recognizing sponsored content. This problem of misinformation gets especially serious during a pandemic. Two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated believe myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Timeout Radio talks to Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter for MediaWise about why we believe misinformation and how to spot misinformation and fake news online.

  • Rohan Baxi
  • Rohan Baxi
  • Rohan Baxi
  • Project Type:
  • Length:
    11 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Da Vinci High School, Davis, CA
Artist Biography

15-year-old Rohan lives in Davis and is a student at Da Vinci High School. His show, Timeout Radio on Davis Community Radio KDRT 95.7 FM, covers current events, sports, school, travel, and other important stuff. In his spare time Rohan plays soccer and basketball, volunteers with Team Davis, is a member of his school environmental service club, hangs out with his friends, and plays sports video games.

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Artist Statement

The award-winning youth radio show and podcast, Timeout Radio, covers a range of topics of interest to teens. Broadcasting from Davis, California, the show has a mix of in-depth reporting, interviews, music, and a place of the week. Inquisitive teens interested in sports, travel, and learning about the world will enjoy getting to know host Rohan and his fascinating line-up of insightful guests.

Timeout Radio was one of only 10 initiatives nationally to win a 2020 Youth Summit Pitch Contest grant from the Points of Light Foundation. The Summit virtually brought together teens from across the U.S. to reflect on and engage with challenges and opportunities presented by the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All past episodes are archived forever at Find Timeout Radio on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.