Covering COVID-19: Webinars with Experts

These ongoing webinars are part of our new Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum, launched in partnership with ICFJ’s International Journalists’ Network (IJNet). Journalists and health experts are invited to join the Forum's Facebook group, and please sign up for our weekly emails to get the latest on upcoming webinars.

Past Webinars




Upcoming Webinars

COVID-19's Effects on Freelancing - its Future

Time and Place: June 2 at 10:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Zoom/Facebook Live

A Q&A with Melissa Noel, multimedia journalist, and Marc Perkins, BBC Africa Eye, moderated by Zoe Flood, journalist and filmmaker

The International Center for Journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation, ACOS Alliance, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Frontline Freelance Register join forces for this webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking journalism to its core. From the inability to travel and get up close to sources, to budget cuts and financial setbacks, the industry is changing. Along with it, the lives of those who drive it. Freelancers are at the core of journalism as we know it. But as the pandemic leads to budget cuts at almost every level, freelancers are struggling to find work. Without the support of an organization behind them, many freelancers have become responsible for their own safety and wellbeing, at a time when both are being threatened.

In this webinar, independent journalist and filmmaker Zoe Flood will speak to Melissa Noel, an independent multimedia journalist, and Marc Perkins, the managing editor for BBC Africa Eye, about the state of freelancing today. 

Rather than focusing on the challenges happening now — which freelancers are well versed on themselves — this webinar will focus on practical advice and a look to the future. How can freelancers respond and adapt to this crisis? How can they resume work? Or use this time to invest in their professional development? What are commissioning editors looking for? What discussions are newsrooms having about the future of freelancing? What resources are available? Register here.


Photojournalism in the COVID-19 Era

Time and Place: June 3 at Noon EDT (1700 GMT) on Zoom/Facebook Live

Panel with Elodie Mailliet Storm, CEO of the visual storytelling organization, CatchLight, Todd James, a senior photo editor at National Geographic, and Camilla Ferrari, a Milan-based photojournalist, moderated by ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan

The news media has provided critical information on COVID-19 throughout the pandemic’s worldwide spread. Amid these efforts, photojournalists have been essential in providing visual documentation of the global health crisis. Our upcoming webinar will offer a dynamic discussion around photojournalism’s role in covering COVID-19 — why it’s important in the first place, the unique challenges photojournalists are encountering, and ethical considerations around documenting the crisis, among other issues. We are bringing together three experts in this space, including Elodie Mailliet Storm, CEO of the visual storytelling organization, CatchLight, Todd James, a senior photo editor at National Geographic and Camilla Ferrari, a Milan-based photojournalist who has covered the health crisis first-hand. Register here.


Lessons Learned Reporting on a Pandemic: New York 

Time and Place: June 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Zoom/Facebook Live

Q&A with Miguel Marquez, CNN national correspondent, moderated by Patrick Butler, ICFJ Vice President-Content and Community

Miguel Marquez has produced riveting television stories from New York, one of the world’s pandemic hot spots. His stories from a beleaguered hospital in Brooklyn, described by a doctor as a “medical war zone,” showed overworked medical staff without proper personal protection equipment, hallways crowded with patients with nowhere else to go, and morgue trucks filled to capacity. Marquez will talk about these and other stories from the city that experienced one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the world. Register here.