Latest in Covid-19

Posted by Sara Loane

 

 

Reporting on Covid-19: Safety

As with any major breaking news story, a journalist’s first instinct is to get to the scene quickly. Our free online course gives practical advice on assessing the risks so journalists are better prepared to go on assignment.

       

Reporting on Covid-19: Verification

The challenge for journalists is ensuring their stories are based on truth, not opinions, and science, not speculation. Our free online course on verification, in partnership with First Draft, helps journalists understand how to identify false, misleading data.

  

Reporting on Covid-19: Content

Proportionality and tone are of paramount importance in journalism, as is the need for expertise and context and the ability to balance the global with the local. Our free online course covers creating deep, but balanced, content of the crisis.

  

More languages

As we face a global crisis, we are working hard to make our pandemic online courses – in safety, content and verification – available in a range of other languages so journalists across the world can benefit.

See our dedicated 'Reporting on Covid-19' online courses page.

  

Coronavirus photo essay from Italy

Thomson Foundation alumnus and award-winning documentary photographer, Marco Panzetti from Italy, documents moments of great instability in people’s lives and a unique place and time in history.

  

These are unprecedented times and we will continue to work with journalists around the world to ensure they get their reporting right.

Alumni advice

We've pooled advice from our international alumni, from Italy and Pakistan to South Africa and Vietnam, to help journalists navigate their way through the pandemic. Keep checking back as we add more videos from our YouTube channel.

 

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Yen Duong, a photojournalist from Vietnam, talks about safety and setting priorities when covering the pandemic.

 

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Monique Mortlock from South Africa says it's important not to forget informed consent and the dignity of those we interview.

 

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Gisella Rodriguez from Ecuador says it's important to tease out the empathy and emphasise the humanity in data. 

 

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Yusuf Omar, from Hashtag Our Stories, looks at wearable tech, mobile journalism and creating meaningful stories through user-generated content.

 

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Marco Panzetti, a documentary photographer from Italy, discusses personal responsibility and adapting your journalism.

 

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Waad Al Kateab from Syria, who filmed from a Covid-19 ward in a UK hospital, looks at safety and moving beyond scare stories.

 

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Marco Panzetti on what went wrong with the media's early coronavirus coverage in Italy and avoiding alarmism.

 

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Asad Pabani, a journalist and producer from Pakistan, talks about using journalism to contribute to public good.

 

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Viasen Soobramoney from South Africa, talks fighting fake news and the importance of verification during an infodemic.

 

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Damilola Banjo, a journalist from Nigeria, stresses the need to tackle misinformation around the pandemic. 

 

 

 

Support for Sudanese journalists

A unique training course tailored specifically for Sudanese journalists has been devised to help them navigate the challenges of reporting the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

  

 

  

Mobile journalism hacks

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Some tips on putting your best face forward during a video conference call, and other mobile phone hacks, part of our learning series for covering stories in the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Even in a time of coronavirus lockdowns, self-isolation and social distancing, there's a story to tell. Here's our guide to filming yourself and your work with a smartphone. More languages here.

  

Keep checking back

These are unprecedented times and we will continue to work with journalists around the world to ensure they are able to carry out detailed research and preparation and get their reporting right

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