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April 6, 2020, 8:00 am Eastern (U.S.)

COVID-19 Has Made You Into a Health Reporter: Now What?

A Q&A with Thomas Abraham, from the University of Hong Kong's Journalism & Media Center, moderated by International Center for Journalists Vice President of Content & Community Patrick Butler

You're a reporter on the news desk, and what began as a novel coronavirus outbreak in Asia has expanded into a full-blown pandemic. You've never reported on a health beat before, but now you're thrust into becoming a health reporter. Where do you start? Where can you get accurate information? What are the kinds of questions you should be asking public health scientists and clinicians? How do you still report in countries where government information may not be forthcoming? What are some of the privacy issues you might need to consider? Are there other ethical issues you should think about? Thomas Abraham, a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent, author of Twenty-first Century Plague: The Story of SARS and most recently, Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication, will talk to you about the most important things you should know when reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_texCFAllRVy__8VX6IpIog

Contact: ICFJ

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April 6, 2020, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

COVID-19 and Homelessness: A View from the Front Lines

The United States will need an estimated $11.5 billion to meet the needs of homeless Americans infected by COVID-19, who are twice as likely to be hospitalized and two to three times as likely to die as the general population.

Join us Monday, April 6, at 12 p.m. Eastern for a briefing for journalists on the latest on the emerging crisis and tips on how to report ? virtually ? on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on homeless and vulnerable populations.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Pk1lHnlSR0mSVGG22jCheA

Contact: National Press Foundation

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April 7, 2020, 8:30 am Eastern (U.S.)

COVID-19: Journalists and Doctors in Asia Collaborate To Fight Medical Misinformation, Share Tools and Tips

A Q&A with Syed Nazakat, founder of Health Analytics Asia, and Dr. Ahmad Firdaus, fact-checker at Health Analytics Asia, moderated by International Center for Journalists Senior Vice President of New Initiatives Sharon Moshavi

The internet is awash with fake photos and videos, trolls, rumors, and bogus treatments. It's getting harder for a bogged-down audience to know who to trust and what advice to follow. This webinar will tell the story of First Check, a unique collaborative pan-Asia project by award-winning Health Analytics Asia, which has brought journalists, doctors, and technologists together to identify and combat medical misinformation, rumors, and unscientific claims about COVID19. Importantly, it will share what this unique collaboration has learned so far, and tips for how to identify medical misinformation and separate fact from fiction online.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WXrKdAkaSjSxcsQiuvkQQQ

Contact: ICFJ

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April 8, 2020, 1:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

The Power Shift Project hosts a 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. The panelists will discuss covering the coronavirus pandemic while caring for dedicated teams.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GU6lYOXsTOeX4zXu_ns6Eg?utm_source=Online+News+Association+List&utm_campaign=ca7a1e3b3c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_02_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_53b827990a-ca7a1e3b3c-226000079

Contact: Power Shift Project

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April 8, 2020, 12:00 pm Central (U.S.)

Teleconference: How to more safely report on the coronavirus and the COVID-19 epidemic

Please join the Chicago Headline Club for a special, free teleconference: "How to more safely report on the coronavirus and the COVID-19 epidemic"

All chapters are welcome.

We'll be asking an expert panel about how to more safely interact with the public, as well as what you can do to make your own home safer for your children and elderly relatives. We'll be sharing best practices and the latest research and fielding questions. This teleconference is meant for journalists, but will be recorded and posted on this website after the event.

The event is free, but all participants must register in order to be sent a secure Zoom link. To register and read about the panelists speaking during the event, follow the "More information" link immediately below.

More information: https://prod.headlineclub.org/2020/04/01/teleconference-how-to-more-safely-report-on-the-coronavirus-and-the-covid-19-epidemic/

Contact: Robert K Elder

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April 8, 2020, 1:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Covering Coronavirus: A Top Reporter's Daily Routine

Ace reporter Lisa Krieger of the San Jose Mercury News will share how she stays on top of the story every day, and offer pro tips that will bolster your own coverage.

More information: https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/content/covering-crisis-top-reporter-s-daily-routine

Contact: Center for Health Journalism

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April 9, 2020, 2:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

How to report solutions journalism from your house

As the coronavirus pandemic forces most of us to stay home, how can journalists still write strong solutions stories without the ability to travel even across town, or talk to anyone in person? The good news: While not ideal, it can be done. In this webinar, two veteran journalists who've done a lot of remote reporting will offer practical tips and answer your questions.

Tina Rosenberg, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, writes the Fixes column for The New York Times, which she mostly reports by phone. She'll be joined by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, executive editor of The Philadelphia Citizen, who also covers national stories from her city.

This 60-minute webinar is open to reporters, editors, freelancers and other journalism professionals.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cKCgIrZzT4GNWTyFKKHrQg

Contact: Solutions Journalism Network

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April 9, 2020, 10:30 am Eastern (U.S.)

Press Freedom Threats and COVID-19: An Essential Part of the Story

This discussion will be anchored by International Center for Journalists' Global Research Director, Dr. Julie Posetti , who holds a Ph.D. on the intersecting issues of journalism, freedom of expression and digital rights. She will be joined by the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) advocacy director, Dr. Courtney Radsch, and David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Governments worldwide are making rapid-fire decisions to try to defend citizens and societies from the COVID-19 pandemic. But increasingly, these decisions threaten the fundamental human right of freedom of expression. These threats include the introduction of laws designed to address disinformation that effectively criminalize journalism. They also include attacks on journalists by politicians, increased surveillance powers that risk exposing journalists and their sources, and growing censorship powers. What do journalists and news organizations need to know about these threats? How can they protect themselves from them? And how can they help ensure transparency and government accountability when life and death are not all that's at stake?

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p7Lwv1G2TzCW3rBzXK3Khg

Contact: ICFJ

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April 9, 2020, 11:00 am Eastern (U.S.)

Reporting on Coronavirus: Mental Wellness and Vicarious Trauma

Join First Draft for a conversation on how newsrooms can help staff stay mentally well through this period and prevent/mitigate vicarious trauma from repeated exposure to coronavirus content online.

We welcome all editors, reporters and other information providers to come talk through these challenges and share their experiences.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Slv_kX-aTTypA5UceIpnXA

Contact: First Draft News

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April 16, 2020, 11:00 am Eastern (U.S.)

Reporting on Covid-19: How community leaders can help ensure quality information is shared widely during the pandemic

Join First Draft for the webinar "Reporting on Covid-19: How community leaders can help ensure quality information is shared widely during the pandemic"

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nFJesDzgSXexFU7kVckvnw

Contact: First Draft News

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April 18, 2020, 2:00 pm Central (U.S.)

Virtual Coffee Break for Journalists

We invite journalists to join us 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. It will be held using Zoom teleconferencing.

More information: https://virtual-coffee-break-for-journalists.eventbrite.com

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah

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April 23, 2020, 11:00 am Eastern (U.S.)

Reporting on Covid-19: Ethical questions around covering Covid-19

Join First Draft News for the webinar, "Reporting on Covid-19: Ethical questions around covering Covid-19."

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vqmSfyY6SwyY-cHV3qVOjg

Contact: First Draft News

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May 5, 2020

Online course: Getting started as a freelance journalist

Freelance journalism is a tough gig, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. Led by established freelance journalist Abigail Edge, this online course will teach you everything you need to know about the nuts and bolts of freelance writing.

Throughout the four-week course, you'll have the opportunity to submit to a virtual pitch clinic and receive regular feedback from Abigail and your fellow classmates in a private discussion forum.

While there will be plenty of opportunities to work on coronavirus stories, this course has been adapted to reflect the current situation, including advice on:

? Finding freelance journalism opportunities during COVID-19.
? Networking and conducting interviews during social distancing.
? How to pitch virus-related stories when health isn't your usual remit.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a freelance journalist, including staff journalists transitioning into freelancing, current freelance journalists looking to refresh their skills, career changers, and recent graduates.

A new freelance journalism module will be released weekly on Journalism.co.uk's online training platform for learners to complete in their own time. There will be weekly assignments to complete and aspiring freelance journalists should be prepared to dedicate at least three hours per week to the course.

By the end of the course, you'll have at least four complete pitches to send to editors, built a simple freelance journalist website and ? perhaps most importantly ? developed your skills, contacts, and confidence.

More information: https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/freelance-journalism-online-course/s43/a750959/

Contact: Journalism.co.uk

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As a journalist, you’re being required to do your job in a way you’ve likely never had to do it before — working remotely from home, conducting interviews virtually, juggling homeschooling children and taking care of elderly parents while still putting out the news every day. It’s stressful. It’s full of uncertainty. And SPJ joins together with journalism organizations everywhere to help you through this.

Here, you will find tools to help you do your job, continue your professional development — and take care of yourself — as we all navigate this together.

– Check our calendar of events — a centralized location for the latest journalism webinars and e-learning offerings from ALL our journalism friends and partners during the COVID-19 crisis.

– Obtain all the information you need to sign up for webinars related to covering the coronavirus pandemic, how to effectively and efficiently work from home, how to conduct a Zoom meeting and most importantly, how to take care of your physical and mental health during this uncertain time — and much more.

– Is your organization hosting a webinar you think would be of interest to journalists? Submit the details here and we’ll help spread the word!

Questions? Email us. On behalf of everyone at SPJ, thank you for all the hard work you continue to do under these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.