In this digitalization era, people get to have easy and quick access to create, receive, and spread information. This condition occurs on many channels of information, especially in social media. But on the other side, the development of communication and information technology also affects the easy and quick spread of hoax.
Having awareness of the importance of hoax prevention, the Communications Study Program of President University held a seminar named, “Be a Good Millennial, Stay Alert of Hoax” on Wednesday (11/03/20) at Charles Himawan Auditorium in President University.
The first session is presented by Drg. Widyawati, Head of the Bureau of Communication and Community Service in the Indonesia Ministry of Health. In her presentation, she explained the characteristics and the effects of a hoax. She also explained that the best way to counter hoax is by spreading education.
The second session is presented by Setiaji, ST., M.Si., Head of The Information and Communication Department in West Java, Indonesia. In this session, he explained several types of hoax and provided an example for each type. He also stated that hoax clarification needs to be formed not only in textual but also in visual content.
Other than that, at the end of each session, there is a question and answer session so the audience may have a short discussion with the speakers by asking questions that have not explained in the presentation session. Also between the two sessions, there is a musical performance by Communications students.
The seminar was attended by the Head of Communication Science Study Program Dindin Dimyati, S. Sos., MM., lecturers, and students from the Faculty of Humanities, President University, class 2018 and 2019, approximately 115 participants.
“The education of hoax prevention is important, especially for the millennial generation. This seminar is also held for the participants to understand news credibility. By getting hoax prevention education, the participants might be able to distinguish hoax and facts,” said Dindin. (ZA/SL)