Michał Giersz is a presenter and journalist at Polsat News, Poland. Has politics become too emotional? How can we stop blindly trusting the people we agree with? In our final episode of the season, Matteo Bergamini talks to Michał about being a presenter during the Covid-19 lockdown; the role of the media in a democracy; how bias can affect reporting; and how an experienced journalist accidentally used photos of the show “Lost” in a real news report about a plane crash. Michał also gives you his top tips for ensuring you don’t get caught out by misinformation.

Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies, with interviews from the journalists tasked with fighting them. Each episode focuses on accounts from the journalist being interviewed. Listen to first-hand experience working in the fast-moving world of breaking news and hear in-depth accounts of investigations into disinformation campaigns.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini
Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.

This podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US embassy in London and the global engagement centre at the US state department.