15 March 2020
Welcome to the Knight Center's new MOOC, "Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future." During this four-week course, you will learn about the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the course, you will have learned the history, present state, and hope for treatments of COVID-19 and more.
In this four-week course, attendees will review the recent history of the COVID-19 pandemic, examine the past warnings that could have prevented or mitigated it, review excellent journalism done to this point, hear from scientific experts from academic research and from the World Health Organization regarding key things to know to begin or continue covering COVID-19, and come away with an extensive menu of tips and recommendations for doing their own stories on the pandemic, no matter their experience or beats. The course will provide journalists with tools to dispel disinformation, misinformation, and myths created around COVID-19.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees should be able to:
- Integrate knowledge from many sources to understand the history of the COVID-19 pandemic to this point,
- Evaluate competing claims made for new scientific research and analyze its usefulness to the course of the pandemic,
- Relate the main story lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to their particular beats and interests, whether medical, political, social or financial,
- Understand the perils of disinformation and misinformation around COVID-19, as well as dangers to freedom of expression and journalists' safety,
- Design a plan for covering COVID-19 from this point, applying the local context of their newsrooms and political systems,
- Participate in a worldwide community of journalists covering COVID-19 in order to share insights and practical experience.