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The Role of Digital Media in Public Awareness During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Yosra Sobeih () and Rasha Samir ()
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Yosra Sobeih: Taibah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Alshrouk Academy
Rasha Samir: Gulf University, Bahrain and Alshrouk Academy

Proceedings of the 20th International RAIS Conference, December 6-7, 2020 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: This paper aims to monitor the role of digital media in facing the COVID-19 pandemic, as the media play a prominent and essential role in building images of reality among the public through the information they provide, and from here comes the role of the media in general and digital media in particular in contributing. In creating awareness among the masses of how to deal with this crisis, the media play a fundamental role during disasters and crises, as they work to deliver the necessary information to the public and the general public, as well as interpret events, provide moral support to affected communities, and contribute to digital coverage that is characterized by speed and keeping pace with events. Disasters and crises play a very important role in determining and shaping trends towards what is happening. The results indicate that some Arab countries have taken advantage of the effective role of digital media in facing the crisis and raising awareness about it, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia scored first in facing this crisis by launching many applications that served citizens very much during the crisis and by launching many digital means on websites and their issuance through mobile applications, which facilitates the process of communicating with citizens, educating them and protecting their health, which had a great impact on controlling the crisis.

Keywords: Digital Media; Awareness; Coronavirus (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 5 pages
Date: 2020-12
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Published in Proceedings of the 20th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, December 6-7, 2020, pages 27-31

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