Countering State-Based COVID-19 Public Health Disinformation: Remote Training for Journalists and Media

As disinformation around public health issues has become more prevalent, journalists and media professionals must navigate a complex information environment to report effectively around public health crises like COVID-19. 

ICFJ has partnered with CRDF Global, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, to provide journalists with the skills and strategies to properly identify and counter disinformation around health security issues. 

About the Program

The program will contain a combination of pre-recorded training modules and live webinars covering the following topics:

  • Case studies and analysis of public health disinformation in the media
  • Journalism best practices: identifying credible vs. non-credible sources of information
  • Disinformation risks for journalists and the media: understanding the risk and how disinformation is amplified through the media 
  • The science of COVID-19: Transmission and public health best practices 
  • COVID-19 response in the near term: Interventions, vaccine development, and the risk of erosion of public trust.

Pre-recorded modules and webinars will be broadcast in February. 

How to Register

Only journalists covering public health, investigative journalists, and media organizations from the countries listed below are eligible to apply: 

  • Eastern Europe: Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova;
  • Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan;
  • South/Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India;
  • Middle East/North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Algeria
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia

Modules and webinar sessions will be translated and interpreted into Russian, Arabic, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Please register here by February 2, 2021.

Program Dates:
1/8/2021 - 3/1/2021
Program Type
Online Course

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Contact Info

Tabitha Richmond
Program Manager, ICFJ

Karsten Ball
Senior Project Lead, CRDF Global

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