Past Webinars: Learn from Journalism Experts

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Key Quotes: Health Crisis at Home — Reporting on Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence and abuse is the leading public health issue around the world, with research estimating that one out of every four women will experience harassment or abuse. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and lockdowns and quarantines around the world, advocates worry that gender-based violence is on the rise — even if the number of reported incidents remains low. 

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Audience Engagement in a Time of Social Distancing

Audience engagement and service journalism—well-researched, advice on practical matters — are taking on new importance and driving change in newsrooms during the global COVID-19 pandemic, three engagement editors said during a webinar this week hosted by ICFJ and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University

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Photojournalism in the COVID-19 Era

Covering COVID-19 is often an exercise in explaining statistics: How many people are sick? Unemployed? What is this week’s death rate? But photographers are showing us the human face — and cost — of the pandemic.

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Journalism & the Pandemic: Threats to Media Freedom & Safety During COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads in waves around the world, “a vast array of threats” to journalists and press freedom are also proliferating, said Courtney Radsch, advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Three Ways Large Media Companies are Innovating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic is putting the journalism profession's ideas about digital news innovation to the test, said New York Times National Editor Mark Lacey.

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Key Quotes: Lessons Learned from Reporting on the Pandemic in New York

From a coronavirus hot spot to police brutality and street protests in Minneapolis, CNN national correspondent Miguel Marquez has covered the major stories upending American life during the first half of 2020.

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Key Quotes: COVID-19’s Effects On Freelancing — and its Future

Freelancers are at the core of journalism as we know it. But as the COVID-19 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.

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How is the #COVID19 Pandemic Transforming Journalism?

As newsrooms across the world reel from the economic effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, how can the journalism field forge a path to recovery?

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Holding Beijing to Account for COVID-19 Will Not Get Easier, Hong Kong Reporter Says

Reporting from China has long been a challenge, but with the country at the epicenter of a global pandemic, information control and censorship appear to be on the rise, South China Morning Post reporter Linda Lew said during an ICFJ webinar.

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Key Quotes: How to Ask the Hard Questions When Covering COVID-19

“Every interview — whether it’s with a victim of COVID-19 or the president of your country — is a fight for control,” said Julian Sher, a veteran TV documentary writer and director, during an ICFJ webinar.

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Key Quotes: Media Sustainability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Before the arrival of COVID-19, the state of the news industry was already precarious: revenues were down and news organizations were folding. Across the world, news deserts have become more commonplace.

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How I Survived COVID-19

Journalists are on the front lines of the pandemic, sometimes risking their health to provide up-to-date information to the public. When reporters themselves contract the novel coronavirus, it takes a toll, physically and emotionally, three reporters who have lived through it said in an ICFJ webinar. 

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#CoveringCOVID: At a Critical Time for News, Reporters Persist Despite Growing Risks to Press Freedom

At a time when citizens need fact-based, trustworthy information to survive the global pandemic, reporters face mounting threats as they report on the crisis, three distinguished journalists said during a panel discussion Monday. 

“Journalists have the opportunity to amplify public health information and save lives,” said Washington Post opinion writer Jason Rezaian, who spent more than a year in prison in Iran. “We’re not going to come up with a vaccine, but we are able to share this information far and wide.”

Rezaian, along with Cilla Benkӧ, director-general of Swedish Radio, and Melinda Liu, the award-winning Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, highlighted several trends beleaguering press freedom during the pandemic. ICFJ Senior Vice President Sharon Moshavi moderated the panel. The webinar was a partnership between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

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How to Cover the Economic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for a Local Audience

In Rick Dunham’s 35 years as a reporter, including 15 years at Business Week, no previous economic story has compared to the current global economic crisis. Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is the “biggest economic story of our careers,” he said in a webinar Friday.

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Key Quotes: Journalists’ Safety on the Frontline of #COVID19

Newsroom managers overseeing COVID-19 coverage "need to become trauma literate," said Cait McMahon, founding managing director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific in Melbourne, during a webinar Friday as part of ICFJ’s Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum.

Understanding trauma will not only help protect the reporters on your team, but "actually enhances journalism," she said. "You will understand the communities and the individuals you’re reporting on in a much deeper way."

McMahon, along with Egyptian journalist Abeer Saady, a former war correspondent with 27 years of experience in conflict zones, joined ICFJ's Global Director of Research Dr. Julie Posetti for a discussion about the threats reporters are facing as they cover the pandemic, how they can protect themselves and how their employers can support them.

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Key Quotes: Combating the Infodemic Surrounding COVID-19

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. 

“If it's only professionals working to correct the public record or clarify what the science is, there will continue to be misinformation and disinformation spreading,” he said. 

Carvin and Indian health journalist Nayantara Narayanan, who works with PROTO, ICFJ’s partner organization in India, joined ICFJ's Global Director of Research Dr. Julie Posetti for a webinar to examine global trends in COVID-19 disinformation.

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

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

We can't. Exact figures on those infected don't exist, and during this rapidly unfolding crisis, even solid estimates are tough to come by, said visual journalist Davide Mancino during a webinar Wednesday with Stella Roque, ICFJ’s Director of Community Engagement, as part of ICFJ’s Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum.

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

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.

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Key Tips for Getting High-Quality COVID-19 Footage while Working From Home

Yusuf and Sumaiya Omar have trained communities around the world to create their own video storytelling projects through Hashtag Our Stories, a cross-platform video publishing company the couple founded. Now, with COVID-19, the ability to harness the power of user-generated video content is becoming essential for journalists all over the world, they said in an ICFJ webinar on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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Self-Care on the Frontline - What Would a Responsible Journalist Do? Q&A With Veteran Reporter Elaine Monaghan

In this unprecedented time, taking care of your well-being isn’t selfish — it’s essential, said veteran reporter and journalism educator Elaine Monaghan during a webinar Tuesday with Patrick Butler, ICFJ’s Vice President for Content and Community, as part of ICFJ’s Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum.

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Media freedom threats and COVID-19 with UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye and CPJ’s Courtney Radsch

Journalists and advocates cannot afford to wait until the COVID-19 crisis slows to address the growing restrictions on media freedom cropping up around the world, media freedom experts said during an ICFJ webinar Thursday, April 10, 2020.

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Doctors and Journalists in Asia Collaborate to Fact Check COVID-19 Myths

Journalists should watch out for misinformation about vaccines and fake treatments for COVID-19 because misleading the public can lead to deaths, say two fact-checking experts who collaborate to debunk health myths in Asia.

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How All Journalists Can Cover the Health Beat During the COVID-19 Crisis With Thomas Abraham

Abraham discussed the reality today for reporters who have been thrown into covering the COVID-19 pandemic, and compared what is happening now with his experience covering the SARS virus in 2003. For Abraham, the key question journalists should be answering right now is what is the human story behind health and science reporting?

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Frontline Lessons from International News Outlets Reporting the Pandemic With Maria Ressa, Ritu Kapur and Branko Brkic

Facing a possible “extinction event” for independent media worldwide, journalists must work together globally to combat a triple threat of disinformation, government restrictions and economic calamity worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, three top editors said during an ICFJ webinar on April 3, 2020.

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