Media Literacy

Booking open for Storytelling for Social Media – How to create engaging health information

This free online event, taking place on Friday 10 June, 10:30 – 12:30, is promoted by CILIP Information Literacy Group and will be lead by Professor Anna Feigenbaum.

Creating social media posts that aim to build health or information literacy is challenging. It is one thing to get likes on a video of a cute dog dancing or beautiful hand-crafted artwork, it is another to develop reflective, empathetic understanding of complex phenomena in a bite-sized image or video.

To help guide you through the process, this workshop will introduce you to Professor Feigenbaum’s Pick N Mix strategy for social media storytelling. The Pick N Mix method is based on research findings from the UKRI/AHRC COVID-19 Rapid Response project that investigated the role of webcomics in public health messaging on social media during the first year of the pandemic. Our findings are further supported by contemporary research from the fields of media and communication studies, psychology and Graphic Medicine.

The strategies we introduce come from a variety of narrative communication techniques that have been shown to increase information retention, comprehension, relatability and empathy. Professor Feigenbaum has transformed these into easy-to-follow best practices that can be mixed with trending techniques and styles of social media storytelling to increase the reach and engagement of evidence-based content.

While there are hundreds of blogs and tutorial videos online that offer up advice on improving social media storytelling, reaching new audiences and increasing engagement with followers, many of these are focused on marketing services or products. But if your goal is to build health and information literacy on social media, you need to go beyond traditional social media sales models to explore the unique needs of evidence-based communication. The tailored advice offered in this workshop is crucial when your aim is to increase health and information literacy or promote evidence-based behavioural change.

The social media strategies for health and information literacy offered in this workshop are based on research findings from our UKRI/AHRC COVID-19 Rapid Response project that investigated the role of webcomics in public health messaging on social media during the first year of the pandemic. Our findings are further supported by contemporary research from the fields of media and communication studies, psychology and Graphic Medicine.

This event is run by: Centre for Science, Health and Data Communication Research and The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University.

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