COVID-19: Australian news and misinformation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy and daily life. Social distancing measures put in place
by the government to halt the spread of the virus have led to a surge in media consumption while Australians spend more
time at home. This has fuelled concern about an ‘infodemic’ alongside the health pandemic.
This report is based on a national online survey of 2,196 Australians aged 18 and older, conducted between 18 and 22 April
2020. It examines how and where Australians are getting information about COVID-19, which sources they find trustworthy
and what impact the intense news coverage has on their wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherNews Media Research Centre, University of Canberra
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781740885003
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2020


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