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The latest news from the International Center for Journalists.

April
23
2020

Key Quotes: Combating the Infodemic Surrounding COVID-19

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Reporters and news organizations should engage the public in debunking information in their own networks, said Andy Carvin, senior fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), during an ICFJ webinar Thursday. 

April
23
2020

UN-ICFJ Research Highlights Journalism’s Critical Role in Fighting COVID-19 Disinformation

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As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, critical, independent journalism has never been more important. Access to reliable and accurate information is literally a matter of life and death. 

April
23
2020

Key Quotes from #PROTOCall: How to Chase the Gaps in COVID-19 Data

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Finding accurate and reliable data on the spread of COVID-19 has been at the center of every journalist’s effort in covering the pandemic and its resulting societal impacts. But what can reporters do when faced with scarce or incomplete data sources? 

April
23
2020

UN-ICFJ Research Examines COVID-19 Disinformation

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COVID-19 has spawned a flood of potentially deadly mis- and disinformation that directly impacts lives and livelihoods around the world. UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres has described this  as a “poison,” and humanity’s other new “enemy.”

April
22
2020

Cuatro Tipos de Desinformación Sobre el COVID-19

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Cuando llegaron los primeros casos de COVID-19 a América Latina, los chequeadores de datos de la región ya sabían que los países no iban a enfrentarse solamente a una enfermedad de la que ya hay centenares de miles de casos en todo el mundo. Con los ejemplos de China, Europa y Estados Unidos como antecedentes, anticiparon que, junto con el coronavirus, llegaría otra preocupación viral: publicaciones falsas o malintencionadas.

April
22
2020

Key Quotes: A Story of Uncertainty: How to Deal with COVID-19 and Data

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When reporting on the global pandemic, where can reporters find the exact figures for the number of people who are infected with COVID-19?

April
20
2020

How Journalists are Documenting Loss During COVID-19

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More than 120,000 people around the world have died of COVID-19 as of the writing of this piece. Journalists aren’t just working overtime to keep up with the pace of new information, regulations and implications of the myriad effects of the pandemic — they are grappling with how to document the losses many communities are grieving. 

April
17
2020

Key Quotes: The Stark Contrast in Reporting Epidemics in South Africa with Journalist Mia Malan

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South Africa provides a stark comparison of the government’s reaction to two deadly epidemics — HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, Mia Malan, a veteran journalist who covered both outbreaks, said in an ICFJ webinar on Thursday. In the case of HIV, government officials had an extremely hostile relationship with the news media, she said. With COVID-19, Malan said South Africa’s government did an about face.

April
17
2020

#CoveringCOVID: Uncharted Territory for Freelance Photojournalists

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Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, photojournalists around the world already faced challenging working conditions. Job security was waning, pay was minimal and a majority felt physically unsafe at least sometimes while on the job, according to a 2018 report by World Press Photo. The current health crisis has only magnified these challenges.

April
17
2020

Key Quotes from #PROTOCall: How to Protect Your Physical and Mental Health While #CoveringCovid

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India is currently in the midst of a 21-day nationwide lockdown ordered on March 24 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Journalists, who remain exempt from the lockdown, are on the frontlines covering the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes with little or no gear to protect themselves from infection. A panel of experts delved into how reporters can stay safe while covering the pandemic.