With social distancing rules, control over who asks questions –and when they’re asked– has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Video recordings of the Knight Center’s multilingual webinar, “Covering the COVID-19 Vaccines: What Journalists Need to Know,” are now available for free in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
At least eight Brazilian newspapers published an advertorial in which an obscure association of doctors defends the adoption of a so-called 'early treatment' of COVID-19, whose benefit is not scientifically proven. The decision of the newspaper companies to open space, albeit an advertising one, for the transmission of false information about the pandemic generated criticism.
The overwhelming amount of information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the equally staggering levels of false information, led UNESCO and fact-checkers in Latin America and the Caribbean to create a digital hub to combat disinformation.
Despite the fact that community stations stopped broadcasting in this pandemic, Radio Ucamara, at 98.7 FM, continued with its mission of revitalizing and recovering the Kukama language and culture.
“For the past year, journalists from around the world have found themselves covering the biggest story of their lifetime. A global immunization effort is now underway, and journalists are now challenged and given the opportunity to cover the multidimensional aspects of the vaccine."
The webinar "COVID-19 vaccine coverage: What journalists need to know" brought together science journalists to discuss the challenges of vaccine coverage and immunization campaigns against COVID-19.
Sa suáma oḡuahẽ ko yvy ári mbegue mbeguépe hasýva COVID-19gui ha ohasáma mokõi sua omanóva ichugui, Centro Knight Texas Mbo’ehaovusu ha UNESCO ñeipytyvõme omoḡuahẽ tekombo’e yvytu pepo rehe ikatúvo ñarairõ mba’asy ruvicha aja mba’asy vaive ha’éva “momarandu’ỹ”.
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.
Brazilian journalist Cristina Tardáguila wants to build a global army of fact-checkers in Latin America and the Caribbean.