By Mallary Tenore
February 3, 2021
In late January, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas held a multilingual webinar, "Covering the COVID-19 vaccine: What journalists need to know," in partnership with UNESCO and the World Health Organization, with funding from the European Union. Recordings of the webinar are now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic, Chinese and Russian. As an extension of this training, our partners at UNESCO and the World Health Organization have helped us compile a robust list of resources for journalists covering COVID-19 and vaccines, available below.
In February, we will announce another dimension of this training: a massive open online course focused on COVID-19 vaccines coverage. The MOOC, which will be a sequel to the COVID-19 MOOC we held last year, will be held in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and taught by renowned health and science journalist Maryn McKenna, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory University. Please visit journalismcourses.org over the coming month for more details.
RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS ON COVID-19, DISINFORMATION AND MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY
- Self-directed course “Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future” AR, EN, ES, FR, PT, and RU - soon in HI and ZH, available on the Knight Center's Journalism Courses website
- Resource Center of responses to COVID-19 – Actions to support media, enhance access to information, and leverage digital technologies in the fight against the pandemic, AR, ES, EN, FR, PT, RU, ZH
- Handbook for Journalism Education and Training: Journalism, Fake News & Disinformation – Available in 20 languages
- Free audio resources for radio stations to counter COVID-19 disinformation – Available in 11 languages
- Visuals for social media campaign to counter disinformation on COVID-19, AR, EN, ES, FR, PT, RU, ZH
- PortalCheck.org - online platform with resources and tools to help combat mis/disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and Caribbean, EN, ES, PT
- Upcoming massive open online course “Disinformation & Fact-Checking in Times of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean” February 14 - March 15, organized by the Knight Center in partnership with UNESCO and the International Fact-Checking Network, with funding from the European Union, ES, PT, Guarani
- More Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists Courses developed in partnership with UNESCO
- Media and Information Literacy publications
- Policy briefs on responses to disinformation EN, FR, ES, PT
- Mobile e-learning course to combat disinformation
- Broadband Commission research report on ‘Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation on the Internet’
- Issue brief in the UNESCO series: World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Journalism, press freedom and COVID-19, EN, FR, ES
- Guidelines: COVID-19: the role of judicial operators in the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of expression AR, BUR, EN, FR, KHM, ES, PT, RU, ZH
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION'S LANDING PAGE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE. This page includes links to:
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION'S "VACCINES EXPLAINED" SERIES
- How do vaccines work? AR, EN, ES, FR, RU, ZH
- How are vaccines developed? AR, EN, ES, FR, RU, ZH
- Manufacturing, safety and quality control of vaccines EN, FR
- The race for a COVID-19 vaccine explained: EN
- How will there be fair and equitable allocation of limited supplies? EN
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION COVID-19 DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA ASSETS:
LIST OF MEDIA CONTACTS
WHO media contacts:
The World Health Organization has media teams spanning the globe. Journalists are welcome to contact these media teams via the email addresses listed.
UNESCO media contacts:
- Guy Berger – g.berger (at) unesco.org – Director of Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information Can address questions on disinformation, freedom of expression, access to information and investigate journalism.
- Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi – g.godoi (at) unesco.org – Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists. Can address questions on disinformation and hate speech, freedom of expression, access to information and investigate journalism.
United Nations Development Programme contacts:
- Robert Opp – robert.opp (at) undp.org – Chief Digital Officer. Can address questions on digital disinformation solutions, online monitoring and data privacy.
- Marcela Melendez – marcela.melendez (at) undp.org – Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. Can address questions on the economic impact of COVID-19, with a special focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Niamh Hanafin – niamh.hanafin (at) undp.org – Senior Advisor, Information Integrity. Can address questions on disinformation and governance, conflict-sensitive media/journalism.