NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2021, Book 1

Language and linguistics

CORONAVIRUS REPORTING AND FAKE NEWS ABOUT THE PANDEMIC IN SLOVAK ONLINE MEDIA

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ján Višnovský, PhD., Bc. Natália Rosinská, Mgr. Juliána Mináriková, PhD

ABSTRACT

Many people use the digital space as a primary source of information, which has undoubtedly been reinforced by the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus COVID-19. Restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown have caused people to limit their social contacts and to work and learn from their homes. News disseminated in the online space, on the web, social media or social networks, became their primary sources of information, not only about the coronavirus, but also about social events at home and abroad. The online media and social networks have been flooded with information on the subject of the coronavirus, which has also been exploited by the spreaders of fake news. During the pandemic, we witnessed a massive wave of disinformation, and the identification of fake news and hoaxes by recipients became a serious problem. The aim of this paper is to use the theoretical background and research results to identify differences in reporting on the topic of coronavirus in the typologically different online media Denník N and Zem & Vek. We focused on the form in which the selected websites report on the topic of coronavirus and whether there is a suspicion of the presence of false information and hoaxes in the published journalistic speeches.

KEYWORDS

fake news, hoax, COVID-19 pandemic, online news, online portal

REFERENCE

NORDSCI International Conference 2021, Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-14-0, CORONAVIRUS REPORTING AND FAKE NEWS ABOUT THE PANDEMIC IN SLOVAK ONLINE MEDIA, 197-205 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2021/B1/V4/17