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Topic “COVID-19”

Still time to join journalists from 160 countries: Register for a free online course on coverage of the pandemic

More than 8,300 people have enrolled so far in the massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center that focuses on how journalists can effectively cover the COVID-19 pandemic. The free course started two weeks ago, but registration is still open and there’s still time in the next two weeks for new students to catch up and participate in this global learning community of journalists from more than 160 countries. Read more »


Podcasts emerge to educate and empower Latin American communities about COVID-19


By José Luis Martínez*

While the pandemic becomes part of people’s daily lives all around the world, media outlets and individuals are creating podcasts to educate their communities about COVID-19. Podcast creators from Brazil, Chile, El Salvador and the United States are taking different creative approaches to personalizing their audio content around COVID-19 and explaining the pandemic in ways that are easier for audiences to understand. Read more »


Journalist volunteers profile COVID-19 victims in Brazil; project inspires newspaper cover and tribute on TV

The collaborative project Inumeráveis (Innumerable) can be summarized in a sentence: "There is no one who likes to be a number, people deserve to exist in prose.” The virtual memorial aims to tell the stories behind the COVID-19 numbers in Brazil, with profiles of the victims written by volunteers. Read more »


Latin American journalists face mass layoffs and lack of health protection to cover the COVID-19 pandemic

Faced with the economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the wave of disinformation spreading like the virus throughout the world, journalism is considered by various international organizations as an essential service now more than ever, and journalists as workers essential for society. Read more »


Press advocates fight against disinformation and for journalist security on World Press Freedom Day

As it has done with most things, the current COVID-19 pandemic has made its mark on the annual celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), recognized each year on May 3 since its proclamation by the UN General Assembly in 1993. Read more »


News media from Brazil and Peru give space to voices of essential, frontline workers and people in quarantine during pandemic

Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the daily routines of people around the world, some Latin American media are dedicating spaces for the voices of those who want to share their stories, particularly those from the front lines. Read more »


In Brazil, newspapers cut journalists' work hours and salaries during pandemic

The crisis of the traditional journalism business model has intensified with the coronavirus pandemic. In Brazil, newspapers are laying off workers, cutting wages and slashing journalists' work hours on the grounds that they are already feeling the effects of the economic crisis. Read more »


Cuban government imposes more limitations on independent journalism by censoring content on social networks during pandemic

Independent journalism in Cuba, for decades, has had to deal with a penal code that criminalizes them when they do not work for state media, among other regulations that restrict their freedom. Since the new coronavirus arrived on the island, independent journalism has had to face the increasingly common fines of Decree 370, which penalizes the opinions of Cubans posted on social networks and digital platforms. Read more »


Covering COVID-19 now and in the future: Knight Center, UNESCO and WHO launch free online course for journalists. Register now!

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world — and the news. To help arm journalists with knowledge and tools to cover the virus and the health, social and financial crises it is causing, the Knight Center is offering the free online course “Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future.” Read more »


Telecommuting not an option: Photojournalists are at the forefront of coverage of COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the routine of journalists worldwide. The rule is to work from home and many Latin America newsrooms have adapted to the situation. This goes for reporters, editors and designers. However, for a certain group of press professionals, this isn’t a possibility. Photojournalists need to be on the streets to document the crisis closely. Read more »


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