SEJ is compiling resources to aid in your reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. Know of a great resource we should add? Please send to SEJ web content manager Cindy MacDonald.
Headlines on COVID-19 and Environment
This list, compiled by SEJ's Joseph A. Davis, contains a selection of stories from many news media on COVID-19, energy, environment and journalism.
- "Disaster Preparedness Key Amid Pandemic," SEJ Backgrounder, May 27, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Parks Post-Coronavirus Reopening a Political Football?" SEJ TipSheet, May 27, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "While No One Was Watching — Changing Enviro Regs Under Trump," SEJ News, May 27, 2020, by Dale Willman.
- "Could Combined Sewer Overflows Be a COVID-19 Threat?" SEJ TipSheet, May 13, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Coronavirus Is a Make-or-Break Moment for Climate Change, Economists Say," Grist, May 11, 2020, by Shannon Osaka.
- "COVID-19 Data Challenges Can Spark Better Journalism," SEJ Reporters Toolbox, May 6, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "'The Parallels Between Coronavirus and Climate Crisis Are Obvious'," The Guardian, May 4, 2020, by Michael Segalov. An interview with SEJ member/environmental journalist Emily Atkin, who hopes public pressure over the pandemic will be a model for forcing governments to act.
- "Ignoring COVID-19 Link, EPA Leaves Lax Soot Standard in Place," SEJ TipSheet, April 29, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Turmoil in World Oil Markets Tips Environmental Scales Too," SEJ Backgrounder, April 22, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Coronavirus Threatens Health of U.S. Journalism, Plus Climate ‘Blackout’ & Disabling FOIA," SEJ WatchDog, April 15, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Go-To Books for Understanding and Surviving a Pandemic," SEJournal's BookShelf, April 15, 2020, by Bob Wyss.
- "Coronavirus Tests Science’s Need for Speed Limits," New York Times, April 14, 2020, by Wuhan Yan.
- "The Top-Rated Media Outlets on COVID-19," The Factual, April 9, 2020, by Phillip Meylan. Includes The Conversation, edited by SEJ member Jennifer Weeks. (See also StatNews, another good source for COVID-19 news.)
- "The Climate and Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Drilled News, April 8, 2020, by Amy Westervelt. The Drilled News Climate & COVID-19 Policy Tracker is keeping an eye on climate change-related rollbacks by the Trump administration and state governments amid the coronavirus crisis, along with favors to oil and gas, and other energy and climate-related industries.
- "Climate, Environment Stories Abound in COVID-19 Rescue Bill," SEJ TipSheet, April 8, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Covering Climate Change in Age of Coronavirus," SEJ News, April 8, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis (coverage of SEJ's Apr 2 webinar).
- "Human Impact on Wildlife To Blame for Spread of Viruses, Says Study," The Guardian, April 8, 2020, by JohnVidal.
- "New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates," New York Times, April 7, 2020, by Lisa Friedman.
- "SEJ President's Report: Standing Together in Spite of Distancing," SEJournal Online, April 1, 2020, by Meera Subramanian.
- "Journalism Associations, Other Groups Offer COVID-19 Reporting Resources," SEJ Reporters Toolbox, March 27, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Coronavirus – A Global Pandemic," Circle of Blue, by Brett Walton. The coronavirus outbreak is reminding the world that water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental pillars of public and personal health.
- "Coronavirus Pandemic Spawns Many Stories on Environment Beat," SEJ TipSheet, March 25, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Massive COVID-19 Aid Bill Nears Passage with Key Environment, Energy Elements," SEJ Backgrounder, March 25, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Coronavirus Reminds Journalists To Prepare for Public Health Emergencies," SEJ TipSheet, March 11, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
- "Openness an Issue for Federal Coronavirus Response," SEJ WatchDog, March 18, 2020, by Joseph A. Davis.
SEJ Members in Need
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SEJ will waive membership renewal fees for members experiencing financial hardship. When it's time for you to renew, please follow the instructions on the renewal form to request a discount code.
- Brechner Reporting Fellowships: The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information offers 10 fellowships for professional journalists experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Fellows will be granted $2,500 to create narrative projects that address, and identify solutions to, persistent problems that interfere with the public’s ability to get information about the workings of government. Deadline: May 15, 2020.
- CLEF COVID-19 Response Fund: For nonprofit and for-profit newsrooms that are already committed to community engagement and are looking to advance their work in response to COVID-19. From Community Listening and Engagement Fund, a grant-making initiative from The News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and the Knight Foundation. Deadline: Apr 27, 2020.
- Coronovirus Relief Programs, Loans, Grants
- COVID-19 Local News Fund: A Local Media Association fundraising program which allows independent and family-owned news organizations to solicit tax-deductible community donations to support and increase their coverage of the crisis. There is no deadline; news outlets can apply any time.
- COVID-19 Small Business Relief Finder: A table of federal, state, and private resources to help you find loans, credits, and grants.
- DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants: Includes freelancers. Deadline: March 31, 2020.
- Economic Hardship Reporting Project: Grants for stories on the intersection of the coronavirus and financial suffering in America (pay rate ~a dollar a word), with an emphasis on writers and photographers who are themselves experiencing significant economic hardship caused by the pandemic (emergency hardship grants of US$500-$1,500).
- FIJ Coronavirus Rolling Grant for U.S. Freelancers: For the next few months, the Fund for Investigative Journalism will provide immediate emergency grants of up to $10,000 to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.
- Freelancers Relief Fund: Freelancers Union's fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19
- Freelance Audio Fund: Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) provides emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19. Open to non-AIR members. Deadline: May 22, 2020.
- Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) Services and Grants: FIRE helps independent journalists by providing two services: a complimentary Editorial Consultancy and a Virtual Newsroom. Services and grants of up to $12,500 are provided to assist freelance reporters working on investigative stories. Rolling deadline, with special consideration for covid19-related investigations.
- "Internews Launches Rapid Response Fund to Support Local Journalism Worldwide," March 26, 2020.
- Journalism Emergency Relief Fund: Google News Initiative's fund aims to support the production of original journalism for local communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: Apr 29, 2020.
- Journalism Relief Fund: Up to $2,000 for women-identifying journalists from the International Women’s Media Foundation
- Journalist Furlough Fund: Created by a group of journalists including Paige Cornwell (GoFundMe page & Google Form request for assistance)
- Microloans for Journalists: Created by journalists Sisi Wei, Robert Faturechi, Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders (matching service)
- National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists: These grants, ranging from $1,000-8,000 USD, are for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. Rolling basis.
- The Photographer Fund: A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19, from online portfolio platform Format. $500 available per person. Deadline: till funds run out.
- Reporting for Mongabay During COVID-19: Mongabay has multiple open reporting opportunities. Current priority is desk-reported stories and this constraint may inspire creative approaches. Please consider pitching more breaking news, interview, research-oriented or data-driven storytelling approaches.
- SAJA and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project: Two grants, up to $2,500 each, to help freelancers during a time when newsrooms and organizations are slashing budgets to commission work. Deadline: April 15, 2020.
- Annuity.org: A free web finance resource, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, offers an annuities guide and COVID-19 financial guide.
- Coronovirus: Solutions Journalism Network's collection of resources on covering coronavirus.
- Covering COVID-19: Resources for Journalists: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) offers a Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to help journalists provide accurate, life-saving information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum connects journalists with health professionals and other experts through a webinar series. In conjunction with ICFJ's International Journalists’ Network (IJNet.org), it also provides resources on covering COVID-19 and fosters cross-border collaborations via a Facebook group. Forum activity and webinars are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
- Covid Compass, a project of Circle of Blue's that provides a simple, credible, and authoritative roadmap that shows where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic and where we are headed.
- COVID-19 Collaboration Wire, Hostwriter — a network that helps journalists easily collaborate across borders — in partnership with the European Journalism Centre, announces the launch of a new tool in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, to help connect editors with journalists all over the world ready to fact-check, research and report from their regions.
- COVID-19 Reporting, International Journalists' Network (IJNet).
- COVID-19 Resources, Global Investigative Journalism Network. In multiple languages, including English, Amharic, Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Bangla, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
- COVID-19 Resources for Reporters: SciLine is offering free resources to journalists to support their coverage of the current pandemic, including: quotable comments from science experts, a series of media briefings and Q&A with experts, tips for local reporters, a localizable infographic showing coronavirus cases by state, and a curated set of links to other credible sources.
- Don’t Just Debunk Misinformation: 4 Tips for Navigating the COVID-19 Infodemic, International Journalists' Network, April 2, 2020, by Anita Makri.
- Free content, tools and funding to help your newsroom cover the coronavirus: As newsrooms work flat-out to cover the biggest story of our time, American Press Institute is highlighting some of the free tools and grant funding that are being developed to supplement newsrooms’ existing resources around coronavirus coverage.
- How First Draft is working with journalists and the public to ensure credible coverage in critical moments: Online courses, crisis simulation training, resources, collaboration and a global 'highlight' tipline are planned for the coming weeks and months.
- How is COVID-19 Transforming Journalism? Our Global Study Will Find Out: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism are launching a joint study on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for journalism. This collaborative global research project aims to map the impact of the crisis on journalism and how journalists are responding to it.
- ICFJ "Pandemic Project" Survey on Journalism: With dozens of news outlets collapsing around the world and tens of thousands of newsroom jobs lost or reshaped by the pandemic, the International Center for Journalists and the Tow Center seek your help with their survey to assess impact of COVID-19 and reimagine journalism's future by obtaining quality research via your voice and experiences.
- Infotagion: An independent, expert fact-checking service for COVID-19, sourced from WHO, UK and other official government advice.
- IRE schedules free webinars amid COVID-19 crisis.
- The National Association of Science Writers is seeking info on how federal, state and local governments as well as institutions are answering your queries related to reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. They've set up a portal for reporting those experiences. You don't have to be an NASW member to share info. (Please also send to Tim Wheeler, chair of SEJ's FOI Task Force.)
- Journalists’ Guide to HIPAA During COVID-19: RCFP provides information about what the federal health privacy law does and does not cover to help journalists gain access to important data and records during the public health crisis.
- Legal Environmental Insights, Getting Through: From law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a mini-series podcast focused on environmental concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Episodes include "EPA Enforcement Discretion Policy," "What’s Next for Environmental Law?" and "Environmental Regulations for Pandemic Response Products" (upcoming).
- National Press Foundation Resources on COVID-19
- NPR's Field Guide to Reporting on COVID-19. Includes editorial and production tips from radio reporters interviewed for this guide story.
- OSHA Complaint Tracker: "A new interactive web tool that maps all COVID-19-related health and safety complaints filed in the United States allows users to get a staggering sense of the worksites where workers feel that employers have jeopardized their health and safety." See Vice/Motherboard article for more.
- ProMED/International Society for Infectious Diseases, the information exchange of the international Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases.
- RCFP Resources: Press Freedom and Government Transparency During COVID-19: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press published new resources outlining recommendations for journalists, legislators and courts to ensure the press and public’s right of access to government information and proceedings is protected while entities take necessary steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The resource is being updated in real time as the situation around COVID-19 evolves. Anyone who has updates about government responses to COVID-19 that impact newsgathering rights or public access can submit them via their resource page. (Please also send to Tim Wheeler, chair of SEJ's FOI Task Force.) You can reach an attorney via RCFP's hotline. More on COVID-19 and press freedom from RCFP.
- Reporting on Disasters During COVID-19, Climate Central. Data and graphics on climate and disasters; resources for reporter safety and for covering COVID-19; grants list; local interview ideas; articles; and experts.
- Resources for Writers in the Time of Coronavirus, Poets & Writers, April 1, 2020. Financial resources, location-specific financial resources, resources for working remotely, for booksellers, for readers and writers, and other resources.
- Should freelancers pitch right now? Yes, and here’s what to do, Association of Health Care Journalists, March 30, 2020 by Carolyn Crist. A comprehensive list of "resources for availability."
- Special Analysis: COVID-19 Emergency Measures and Press Freedom: Gabe Rottman, director of the Reporters Committee’s Technology and Press Freedom Project, explains how developing emergency measures, such as quarantine, isolation and travel bans, could potentially impact the news gathering process and First Amendment rights.
- What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus, Freelancers Union, March 11, 2020.
Online Events (and an awards contest!)
How the Electric Power Sector Is Weathering the Pandemic: Duke University and industry experts will discuss how the electric power sector is weathering current challenges — and what the impact might be for the energy transition. Co-hosted by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. 12:30 p.m. ET.
COVID-19’s Effects On Freelancing — and Its Future: Independent journalist and filmmaker Zoe Flood will speak to Melissa Noel, an independent multimedia journalist, and Marc Perkins, the managing editor for BBC Africa Eye, about the state of freelancing today. A collaboration of the International Center for Journalists, the International Women's Media Foundation, ACOS Alliance, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Frontline Freelance Register. 10:00 a.m. ET.
Building Resiliency — What Science Can Teach Us: Part of the Dart Center's "Reporting COVID-19" webinar series. Guest: Steve Southwick, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Medical School and at the Yale Child Study Center, Adjunct Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. 11:00 a.m.-Noon ET.
Photojournalism in the COVID-19 Era: Join ICFJ for a dynamic discussion around photojournalism’s role in covering COVID-19 — why it’s important in the first place, the unique challenges photojournalists are encountering, and ethical considerations around documenting the crisis, among other issues. Speakers: Elodie Mailliet Storm, CEO of the visual storytelling organization, CatchLight; Todd James, a senior photo editor at National Geographic; and Camilla Ferrari, a Milan-based photojournalist who has covered the health crisis firsthand. Noon ET.
Lessons Learned Reporting on a Pandemic: New York. Q&A with Miguel Marquez, CNN national correspondent, who has produced riveting television stories from New York, one of the world’s pandemic hot spots. Marquez, moderated by ICFJ's Patrick Butler, will talk about these stories from the city that experienced one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the world. 10:00 a.m. ET.
Why Creating an Inclusive Newsroom in the Time of COVID-19 Is Urgent: Are you serious about making sure newsrooms and their work reflect the communities we cover? Especially as COVID-19 disproportionately affects historically marginalized people — and on the cusp of an election impacted by racism? Join IRE and the Maynard Institute to discuss the importance of keeping newsrooms diverse during COVID-19. 2:00 p.m. ET.
Jun 11 & 12
Visualizing the COVID Pandemic: Journalists need the technical and critical thinking skills to wrangle, analyze and visualize authoritative COVID-related datasets. Learn how to do data journalism in Observable, a fast, free, cutting-edge coding environment. We’ll also introduce you to Vega, a visualization grammar that makes it easy for anyone to produce a wide variety of brilliant interactive charts with live data. Free for any professional journalist or student journalist. Experience working with code or data not needed. 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET.
Jul 3 Deadline
ASJA Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition. The American Society of Journalists and Authors' new awards program will recognize professional writers for their coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak. Submissions for this first round must be published in English anywhere in the world between Jan 1 and Jun 30, 2020. Submissions will be accepted until Jul 3, 2020.
Dart Center's Reporting and COVID-19: A Webinar Series for Journalists. These online conversations, about the challenges of reporting amid the coronavirus pandemic are led by Dart Center executive director Bruce Shapiro. Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review.
Society of Professional Journalists "Together Calendar."
Journalism in a Pandemic: Covering COVID-19 Now and in the Future: The Knight Center's free four-week online MOOC, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNESCO. We believe all journalists should learn more about the pandemic and how to cover it better. We asked journalists about what we should include in this course, compiled more than 3,000 answers and then we joined forces with those international organizations to produce this course. Available in English, Portuguese, Spanish or French. Learn from other journalists who are on the frontlines of the coverage of the pandemic and from renowned experts. Learn about tools to dispel disinformation, misinformation and myths created around COVID-19.
Locative Media, Climate Change and (Im)Mobility During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A day of online discussion and exchange to kick off a British Academy / Leverhulme funded research project that will explore the possibilities of using locative media as an educational tool for documenting and understanding the locally-global relations around the theme of (im)mobility and climate change during the pandemic. We aimed to get a sense of how locative media is already being used, how it could be used, and where its limitations are, in bringing people’s stories of climate change and migration together on a map and app. From Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Narrative – What Stories Do We Tell?: How society talks about an infectious disease has serious consequences. Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts discussed how we tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and why the language we use and the stories we tell matter.
How To Run Your Freelance Business Like a Pro During the Pandemic: In this Writers' Co-op event, co-hosts Wudan Yan, SEJ member, and Jenni Gritters, along with lawyer-turned-journalist KJ Yossman and media lawyer Jeremy Eggleton, talked about the challenges freelance writers face in protecting their time and business in an ever-changing, fast paced assignment cycle exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Q&A followed.
Complex Emergencies and Climate Change in the Era of COVID-19: How should reporters cover the connections between climate change and disasters like heatwaves, hurricanes and floods? How can journalists assess and communicate governments' ability to respond effectively, in the midst of a global pandemic? And what about the knock-on effects of failure to address complex emergencies, such as unplanned migration or civil conflict? The second #SEJ2020 webinar panelists offered tips on understanding and covering complex emergencies, in the United States and the rest of the world. Details and recording.
Cities After COVID-19: Rethinking How and Where We Live, Work, Shop, Play and Learn: Part of the York University (Toronto) Schulich School of Business COVID-19 webinar series. Proximity and density drive economic productivity and innovation in the modern economy and are viewed as essential to improving environmental sustainability of cities. Distancing, however, is leading to a re-evaluation of concentration that could radically alter location, transportation, space usage, social infrastructure and city design decisions. How might the intersection of health and environmental concerns, economic forces and technological innovations reshape cities, and what policy levers can be pulled to ensure we take the “right” path?
Journalism and the Pandemic: How is #COVID19 Transforming Journalism? The effects of COVID-19 are already being framed as an “extinction event” for journalism, causing dozens of news outlets to collapse around the world. ICFJ and the Tow Center have launched a global survey to track and assess the impacts of the pandemic on journalism worldwide, and to help reimagine its future. This webinar officially launched the study. Speakers identified and debated the key challenges confronting journalism at a transformative moment and considered the prospects for recovery. First in a series of webinars from ICFJ/Tow's Journalism and the Pandemic Project.
Resilience and Adaptation: Civil Society and the Corona Crisis: The current pandemic has forced civil society to grapple with new challenges. The spread of COVID-19 has led some communities to develop new ways to look after each other – and respect social distancing guidelines. In other areas, the social fabric has been tested. Experts and practitioners Nina Lemmens and Daniela Kaisth discussed the ways in which civil society is coping with the current crisis and how the philanthropic community is responding. Hosted by American Council on Germany and 1014.
Hope in the Midst of Crises — COVID-19, Climate Action and Faith Webinar: Do you wonder what COVID-19 can teach us about addressing the climate crisis? Or how Christians can respond? Earthkeepers' webinar texplored these questions from ecological, economic, political and faith perspectives, alongside like-minded people. Part one of a three-part series.
Energy, Resilience and COVID-19 — Pivoting in 2020 (Webinar #3): We explored what COVID-19 has exposed about our national electrical infrastructure and shared predictions for future maintenance and alternate sources for reliance. Third in a series from the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University.
Innovation in Sustainable Food Supply Chains: This webinar examined how food gets from farm to consumer, giving insights into possible impacts of COVID-19 on supply chains. Research suggests various operational and innovative approaches to both help create more resilient supply chains post-COVID and reduce the carbon associated with e-commerce and deliveries. From Connected Places Catapult, with presentations by speakers from Cranfield University and University of Leeds in the UK.
Data Analytics During the COVID-19 Pandemic: See how big data is being used during the pandemic and look at some of the interesting trends that have been uncovered as a result of lock-down measures being enforced. The webinar explored how the NHS, Facebook, Google and other big corporations are using big data and analytics to track, predict and protect against the coronavirus. Q&A to followed. From Belfast Metropolitan College's Centre for Economic Development and Social Inclusion.
Talking Shop: Climate Change Reporting in a Post-Pandemic World. With the coronavirus dominating headlines, how can media organizations also do justice to the even bigger story of climate change? Co-hosted by Covering Climate Now and Reuters. Panelists included CCNow Executive Director Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation, Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson, senior editor Special Projects and The Wider Image at Reuters, and Jane Spencer, deputy editor of The Guardian US. Matthew Green, climate correspondent at Reuters, moderated. Summary and recording.
Writing Through: The Power of Details in a Pandemic: Washington Post reporter Jessica Contrera and Indiana University professor Kelley Benham French discussed how to consistently collect and select compelling details that evoke emotion and help convey the impact of coronavirus on people's lives; learn to identify the moments that compel readers toward a story's purpose; and hear how to connect the reporting & writing process with our collective ability to understand what this pandemic means.
Ecological Health, Public Health, and Security: Part of George Mason University's Institute for a Sustainable Earth pandemic webinar series. Mason's Tom Lovejoy, Senior Fellow of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences, United Nations Foundation, moderated speakers from Mason's departments of Environmental Science and Policy, Global and Community Health, and the US National Intelligence Council. Watch the recording (available soon).
Biodiversity Loss and Wildlife: Preventing the Next Pandemic: A discussion on the intersection of biodiversity loss, the global wildlife trade and the emergence of infectious diseases, moderated by SEJ member Todd Reubold, Associate Director, UMN Institute on the Environment, and Publisher, Ensia. Watch the recording (available soon).
Big, If True Webinar: The Trouble With Science: While trust in our politicians and the press has waned in recent years, trust in scientists has remained remarkably steady. However, as we chart out new uncertainties and complex facts and figures in a pandemic, we wonder: is trust in science eroding? How are science journalists and educators dispelling misinformation and tempering fear? Why don't facts go viral on social media? And, what resources and platforms can help marshal facts and good science? BIG, If True host Joan Donovan, along with Jane Hu, a regular contributor to Slate's Future Tense, and Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, co-creators of AsapSCIENCE, will discuss the role of science communication in helping the general public steer a safe course against pseudoscience and misinformation. Watch the recording.
Where Deforestation and Disease Collide: Sustainability and COVID-19 in the Brazilian Amazon: The Brazil Institute, in partnership with the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, hosted an update on the situation in Manaus, followed by a conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on deforestation and sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon, and the implications this could have for us all. Resources and recording.
Covering Disasters: Wildfire Season 2020. COVID-19 and social distancing are complicating preparations for and responses to extreme weather and disasters, including wildfires. Climate Central and the International Association of Emergency Managers held this online workshop to prepare journalists and meteorologists for reporting on local emergency planning efforts during wildfires, with particular needs during the pandemic. Resources and recording.
While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration:
During more than three years in office, President Trump has attempted to undo dozens of environmental regulations. That effort has taken on a new dimension during the pandemic. In a move that environmental groups call reckless, the Administration has ordered a stop to enforcement of many of its environmental and health protections. SEJ and the Earth Institute of Columbia University co-sponsored a discussion of what has happened, and what it means, moderated by SEJ member/Earth Institute's Dale Willman. Blog post and recording.
Media Sustainability in the Age of COVID-19 – and Beyond: How can media organizations – for-profit, nonprofit and public – develop better strategies for sustainability in the face of the pandemic? What models for diversifying revenue should they consider? What will happen once the crisis has subsided? Zoom panel with ICFJ Knight Fellows SembraMedia co-founder Janine Warner and PROTO co-founder Nasr ul Hadi, along with Marketing Strategy Consultant Lissa Cupp, moderated by David Maas, IJNet Manager. Watch the recording.
Teaching Journalism Under COVID-19: Wits Journalism staff and panelists Dr Nancy Booker, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, and Jeff Jarvis, Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation, CUNY, explored: How are j-schools adapting to the pandemic? The job market is shrinking further as the news media suffer devastating economic blows – what does this mean for students’ future prospects? How do professional development courses need to change? Journalists’ relationship with audiences is changing, and we have to rethink the role of journalism as such. What are the implications for all kinds of journalism education? Watch the recording. Other Wits COVID-19 webinar recordings.
The Role of News Organisations, Social Media and Fake News Analysis in Times: Technological challenges and lessons for media players and policy makers presented in the crisis of COVID-19. From Vrije Universiteit Brussel's Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Case Study in COVID-19 Responses — Lessons Learned from Sweden: ICFJ and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., held a Q&A webinar with Dr. Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, to hear about the pros and cons of Sweden's unconventional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. Watch the recording.
Covering Coronavirus: What the Data Tells Us: Part of the USC Annenberg/Center for Health Journalism webinar series on covering COVID-19. Kaiser Health News data editor Liz Lucas looked broadly at the changing landscape of data on COVID-19, and specifically at data sources that can aid informed, in-depth reporting on the overall trend of the pandemic, the infrastructure needed to survive it, and the people most vulnerable to it. Also discussed — what data exists nationally, and what data you should pursue locally. Watch the recording.
Censorship: Getting Past Reporting Roadblocks in the Time of COVID-19: How public is public information? How can reporters and editors deal with public information officers, and others, who put barriers between the audience and primary sources? Paul Fletcher, publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly; Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information; and veteran Washington reporter Kathryn Foxhall discussed this vital, worsening problem. Coverage and resources.
COVID-19, Climate Justice, and Communities of Color. What’s Next?: Grist and Ensia presented a live online conversation asking — What are the connections between the environment, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color hit hardest by the coronavirus? How are frontline communities responding? What does the future of climate justice now look like? And more. Watch the recording.
It Takes A Journalist: A Free Press Is Even More Vital in the Age of COVID-19: To mark World Press Freedom Day, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., featured three distinguished journalists, who have worked in democratic countries — and in those where media freedom is restricted. Summary and recording.
Covering Coronavirus: How To Be an Antiracist: Part of the National Press Club Journalism Institute webinar series. Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author and Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, and Robert Samuels, Washington Post national reporter, discussed disparities in coronavirus coverage and how to overcome them. Moderated by POLITICO's Shannon Young, followed by Q&A with participants. Watch the recording.
Freedom of the Press in the US in Times of COVID-19: To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, Fundamedios hosted this e-forum in coordination with UNESCO's aim to promote an independent and fearless journalism. Panelists discussed Freedom of the Press challenges in the US, moderated by Frank LaRue, former UN Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Event summary. Watch the recording.
Looking More Closely at Evidence for COVID-19 Coverage: It’s difficult to evaluate new evidence in the middle of the crisis. Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) heard from journalists that they need more guidance on how to evaluate the latest numbers, research and statistics on COVID-19's spread. Investigative reporter Matt Kauffman, from SJN's Positive Deviance data project, and Cheryl Phillips, director of Big Local News at Stanford looked at a new database created by Kauffman to track disparities in how COVID-19 impacts communities, and the ways journalists can use this database for solutions journalism and, woven into that, why it will be hard to get data now about the value of responses. But also what data sources to watch as time goes on. Watch the recording.
SPJNE Zoom Series — a conversation with Bill Keller: SPJ New England, the New England Society of News Editors and the New England Newspaper & Press Association held a chat with Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times and founding editor of the Marshall Project, about how the media has covered the COVID-19 crises, the stakes for democracy and how the two intersect.
Evaluating Evidence in Solutions During a Pandemic: Now, more than ever, there is a need for rigorous reporting on what’s working to address the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Solutions journalism offers a framework for solid reporting on local responses and a detailed examination of what can be learned from other communities facing the same challenges. Solutions Journalism Network's Linda Shaw, editorial director, and Michelle Faust Raghavan, west coast region manager, shared tips and tools for reporters. Watch the recording.
Covering Coronavirus: Are You Listening to Your Community? Part of the USC Annenberg/Center for Health Journalism webinar series on covering COVID-19. Few outlets have been as nimble and innovative as Southern California Public Radio under Community Engagement Director Ashley Alvarado. Alvarado shared ideas on how outlets of all sizes can better serve their audiences with innovative methods for listening and generating story ideas. Alvarado manages a team that has personally answered close to 2,000 reader questions, that is sending 10,000 mailers to low-internet neighborhoods, creating digital support groups and more. Video and slides.
COVID-19: Health, Science and Business Writers on Covering the Pandemic: The Power Shift Project hosted a free webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of journalism organizations whose members focus on health, science and the economic impact of COVID-19, now and in the future. Speakers included SEJ executive director Meaghan Parker and SEJ president Meera Subramanian. Video and resources.
April 27, 29, May 1, 6
COVID-19 in Context: News Coverage and News Literacy in Uncertain Times. The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute and the News Literacy Project partnered to present this four-part webinar series exploring one of the most urgent science communication challenges of our lives through the insights of journalists, news literacy education experts, and scientists.
Flexing Your Freelance Skills During COVID-19: SPJ's New England PRO Chapter co-hosted a discussion on ways to freelance during the coronavirus pandemic. Freelancer (and SEJ member) Wudan Yan, an independent Seattle journalist who writes about science, health and the environment, joined editor Chris Faraone, co-founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, in a discussion about freelancing during a global pandemic.
COVID-19: Immunity and Contact Tracing: This SciLine media briefing covered some of the factors and approaches being considered as part of the US's longer-term COVID-19 planning, including herd immunity, serology testing and contact tracing. Panelists: Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Boston University School of Medicine and Dr. Crystal Watson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; moderated by SciLine Director Rick Weiss. Open only to members of the media. Video and transcript.
Climate Change and Coronavirus Panel: The Princeton Environmental Activism Coalition's Zoom panel will ask tough questions and feature speakers Stephen Pacala, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor, Princeton University and co-director, Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Kian Mintz-Woo, Princeton's University Center for Human Values and the Princeton Environmental Institute; and SEJ president Meera Subramanian, independent journalist and Princeton's Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities. Coverage.
Flattening the Infodemic With Jevin West: The COVID-19 crisis has generated a wave of misinformation that is undermining trust in the media and government institutions. Knight Foundation chief program officer Sam Gill spoke with Jevin West of the University of Washington about the “infodemic” accompanying this public health emergency. West, who directs the Knight-supported Center for an Informed Public at UW, was described by Wired as one of “The Professors Who Call B******t on COVID-19 Misinformation.” Watch the recording.
Covering the Crisis: Street Reporting Without the Street: In this webinar, USC Annenberg digital journalism expert Amara Aguilar provided a hands-on tour of tools, resources for health reporters working remotely, and offered tips for reporting on hard-to-reach communities. Video and slides.
Wildlife Trade: From Tiger King to COVID-19: Wilson Center NOW hosts SEJ member Sharon Guynup, an author, journalist and Wilson Global Fellow as she describes the two-year investigation into the "tiger tourism" industry she and photographer Steve Winter conducted for National Geographic. The Netflix hit series "Tiger King" tells part of the same story, but Guynup says it fails to expose the dark underbelly of exotic animal trade where the tigers and other often rare and endangered species are the true victims. The discussion also connects the dots between wildlife trade and zoonotic diseases, explaining the underlying risks that created the conditions for COVID-19 to emerge.
Covering the Pandemic: Photographers on the Front Lines: Photographers from Magnum Photos and the National Press Photographers Association discussed working during the pandemic – the risks, and how to stay safe. Judith Matloff, who presented at a recent SEJ workshop, spoke about dealing with the stress from such coverage. Noon ET. Blog post and webinar recording.
Ground Truth Briefing | Unpacking COVID-19 and the Connections Between Ecosystem, Animal, and Human Health and Security: The Wilson Center hosted a phone conversation with experts — including SEJ member Sharon Guynup — who have been tracking the connections between animal, ecosystem, human health, and security, and what steps policymakers need to take to mitigate the next global pandemic. Audio recording and quotes.
How Strikes and Community Coalitions Can Address the Crises We Are Facing: Journalists may be interested in this webinar about how a property service union in Minnesota, representing 4,000 janitors who clean corporate office buildings, went on strike with support of environmental justice groups during their recent contract fight. Their lessons learned can be applied to our current moment, when bargaining for the common good is a tool we all need to address a global pandemic and economic crisis. Presented by The Leap. Watch the recording.
Virtual Coffee Break for Journalists: SPJ Houston invited journalists to join us via Zoom teleconferencing for a chance to share how you're feeling these days. How are you getting through the coronavirus pandemic? What issues are you facing working from home and/or covering your beat while maintaining social distance? How is the economic downturn impacting you? This semi-moderated discussion will be an opportunity for camaraderie, networking, and sharing ways to cope.
How You Can Use Data To Fight COVID-19: data.world is home to the most up-to-date and trusted open data on COVID-19. We want to show you how to use it for research and analysis. Join this webinar to learn how the world's largest data community — with thousands of scientists, analysts, researchers, and business-people — are working together to track trends, find clues, and share insights. The Associated Press will also provide a first-hand look at how their network of data journalists access and apply data to create compelling reporting. You'll also get access to the actual pandemic datasets informing news stories around the world. Noon ET. Watch the recording.
Solutions Journalism 101: Covering the Coronavirus Outbreak in Europe
The Solutions Journalism Network has resources to help you rigorously cover promising responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar highlighted stories from Europe, covering responses to the pandemic with Lucie Cerna of Transitions. Includes Q&A with guest Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects at the Guardian. Watch the recording.
Good News From Bad News: What the COVID-19 Crisis Can Teach Us About Future Climate Change Calamities: John Schwartz, a reporter on the climate desk at The New York Times, joined Claudia Dreifus, Columbia University SPS Lecturer in Professional Studies and contributor to the Times Science section, for a virtual conversation about how lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic could prove useful in mitigating the effects of climate change-related disasters. Watch the recording.
Knowing the News: Media Literacy in the Age of COVID-19: Access to accurate information is an integral component of free expression and essential to public health and civic engagement, especially during a pandemic rife with both misinformation and disinformation. Media literacy has become a chillingly vital prerequisite to responsibly consume information about the illness amid the constant threat of COVID-19 disinformation. Webinar sessions of 'Knowing the News' are PEN America's response to the problem of disinformation. Note: Watch PEN webinars live; recordings are not available.
Science Communication in the Time of Coronavirus: This free live webinar/panel discussion is part of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society's new series “Coronavirus Conversations.” Panelists included science writers/journalists (Maryn McKenna and Sheril Kirshenbaum) and science/risk communication experts (Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele) talking about the current SciComm challenges and successes with respect to COVID-19, as well as answering your questions. Watch the recording.
COVID-19 Crisis: Economic Relief for Freelance Journalists: This free SPJ Freelance Committee webinar explained how new federal programs enacted in March can help U.S. freelance journalists whose businesses have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quill Editor Lou Harry moderated. Panelists Matt Apodaca, executive vice president of NCH Tax and Wealth Advisors, and Gerri Detweiler, credit expert and education director of nav.com, discussed how independent journalists can tap into programs provided through legislation, regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. government since early March. Watch the recording.
After the Pandemic: Health Care In Crisis: The pandemic has laid bare the poor condition of health systems around the world and shows that health care as a human right remains elusive for many people. The current health crisis is severely affecting low-income communities and people of color. And that won’t end when the pandemic does – the health impacts of climate change will keep those challenges alive. What steps must be taken now to protect those most vulnerable? A discussion for journalists, from Columbia University's Earth Institute and the Resilience Media Project, moderated by RMP associate director Dale Willman. Blog post and webinar recording.
Covering Coronavirus: A Top Reporter's Daily Routine: Part of the USC Annenberg/Center for Health Journalism webinar series on covering COVID-19. Lisa Krieger, science and medicine reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, shares how she stays on top of the story every day, with immediately actionable tips that will bolster your own coverage. Video and slides from Krieger's presentation.
COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism: The Power Shift Project hosted a free webinar with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of the top professional journalism organizations, including the Institute for Nonprofit News; Investigative Reporters and Editors; Local Independent Online News Publishers; Local Media Association; National Press Photographers Association; News Leaders Association; Online News Association; OpenNews; Radio Television Digital News Association; Society for News Design; and Society of Professional Journalists. Panelists discussed covering the coronavirus pandemic while caring for dedicated teams. Recap, video and resources.
Media Briefing: Disaster Reporting and COVID-19: Climate Central and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) held an online briefing on April 8, 2020, to help journalists report on local emergency planning efforts during the pandemic and to cover disasters effectively and safely when they occur. Our experts discussed a wide variety of disasters, including hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes, flooding and wildfires.
Finding COVID-19 Data and Responsible Context: Panelists from ProPublica, The Washington Post, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and Stanford's Big Local News discussed where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19, shared advice for using the data within larger context responsibly and ways to deliver that information to communities in easily understandable formats for the greatest impact. Co-hosted by IRE and Reynolds Journalism Institute. Recording and tipsheet.
The Relationship Between the Environment and the Coronavirus: This free online webinar featured speakers from Louisiana State University's School of Public Health in New Orleans (a hotspot for coronavirus in the U.S.) among other LSU experts. Watch the recording.
Covering a Crisis: Climate, Coronavirus and Global (In)Action: How should the media cover a crisis? SEJ's 2020 webinar series launched with a discussion of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform how journalists, scientists and advocates communicate about and address climate change. Panelists: Denis Hayes, The Earth Day Network and The Bullitt Foundation; Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations; and John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moderated by Guardian US' Emily Holden. Video/audio recordings and coverage.
The Press and the Pandemic: Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) offered an exclusive interactive workshop for journalists with veteran epidemic reporter Laurie Garrett. Archived on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope.
Fighting for Open Records During the COVID-19 Crisis: Co-hosted by IRE and RCFP. Panelists discussed specific records to ask for to investigate coronavirus response at all levels of government, and resources to help push back against agencies that say they can't fill requests during this crisis. Speakers: Adam Marshall and Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Jason Leopold, BuzzFeed News; hosted by Denise Malan of IRE. Watch the recording or view the crowdsourced tipsheet.
March 30, 2020
Reporting on COVID-19/Tips from the Front Lines: From saying goodbye to social engagements to grappling with fear for our loved ones, the COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted most of us far outside our comfort zones. That’s true, too, for journalists trying to grapple with multi-faceted and rapidly changing scientific information. To lend a hand, three prominent science writers took to social media last week, offering their expertise in the form of a Reddit discussion panel. Carl Zimmer of the New York Times, Helen Branswell of STAT and Laura Helmuth of the Washington Post (soon to be editor-in-chief at Scientific American) discussed which coronavirus experts and writers to follow on Twitter, how they vet expert sources and how to tackle technical details in a way the public can easily understand. Above all, the group urged transparency to give readers the best tools to follow rapidly changing developments and draw their own informed conclusions.
March 27, 2020
After the Pandemic: Designing a Just and Resilient Economy for All: The current pandemic has shown the immense brittleness and vulnerability of the world’s economy. Economic recovery is one of the biggest long-term stories facing journalists, and the world, right now. The conversation took place 12-1:30 p.m. EDT with ecological economist Jon Erickson, University of Vermont; social economist Juliet Schor, Boston College; and interdisciplinary scholar Nate Hagens, Post Carbon Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Dale Willman, award-winning journalist and Associate Director of the new Resilience Media Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Read the event summary and watch the recording.