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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

March
23
2020

Do's and Don'ts of Reporting on COVID-19 — from a Non-Science Background

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, journalists around the world are working tirelessly to provide the latest news on the pandemic for their audiences. For reporters who don’t have experience covering health and science news, delivering updates on COVID-19 can be very difficult. 

March
20
2020

How Past Health Crises Can Inform Reporting on COVID-19

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Journalists around the world are covering a global pandemic, but it's not the first time a health crisis has gripped the journalism world. To learn from past crises, and better approach reporting on COVID-19, we reached out to Thomas Abraham, an academic and former journalist who studies the role of the media in communicating risk and infectious diseases.

March
20
2020

A Global Crisis Like COVID-19 Calls for a Global Response. Here’s Ours.

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We are rolling out a wide range of resources to help journalists cover this pandemic. Today, we are launching the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum that will connect journalists with some of the world’s top health practitioners, newsroom leaders and other experts, who can answer questions in live video chats. Experts will discuss how to combat misinformation about the pandemic, report safely on COVID-19 and create compelling infographics to relay important information in new ways. 

March
19
2020

Looking to Better Serve Your Audience Regarding COVID-19? Read These Tips.

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Reporting on the impact of COVID-19 in your community doesn’t just require listening to trusted medical sources. Hearing from your audience is also essential to better understand what content your readers need, want or find missing from existing coverage. By doing so, your news organization can better serve your community, fight anxiety and even help your outlet in the long term. 

March
18
2020

Ten Tips for Online Teaching

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As co-director of Global Business Journalism, a master’s degree program created by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Tsinghua University in Beijing, I knew that we would need to plan to conduct our spring semester virtually through an online platform, rather than in the classroom in China. Here are 10 tips to make an online learning experience more rewarding.

March
16
2020

Everyone's a Health Reporter Now: Covering COVID-19 on Other Beats

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As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds more and more countries to a halt, journalists around the world are doing just the opposite. They’re finding a second gear to cover the virus, whether it be live-tweeting personal situations, communicating the latest updates and guidance from epidemiologists, doctors and public health officials, or reporting on the ground from the crisis’ epicenters. News about the novel coronavirus is dominating print headlines, social media and broadcast news.

March
12
2020

Will Journalism Survive? Experts Weigh in on a ‘Perfect Storm of Threats’

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Reporters across the globe face mounting challenges to uncovering the truth, from rampant disinformation and withering business models to outright attacks by autocratic leaders. In a panel discussion last week organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a group of experts addressed these obstacles, and how journalism can survive them.

March
10
2020

ICFJ Halts Program Travel and Puts in Place Remote-Work Policy

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The safety of our staff, participants and consultants is our highest priority at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). That’s why I have decided to put on hold domestic and international travel until we have a more complete picture of the virus and how far it has spread. In addition, our staff will be working from home until further notice to prevent possible exposure. 

March
6
2020

Achieving Gender Equality: Five Lessons from a Latin American Network of Women Media Leaders

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Today it’s not unusual to hear an organization or company saying they want to promote gender equality, but actually doing it isn’t easy. Ahead of International Women’s Day, we want to share five things we’ve learned in the process of promoting women’s leadership in media and including more women in journalism. 

March
6
2020

Ten Tips for Journalists Covering COVID-19 Around the World

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It’s a journalist’s duty to clearly and responsibly communicate reliable information to the general public. During a global health crisis, like the one we face now with the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, this role becomes ever more critical.