Webinar: How News Organizations Should Respond to COVID-19 (Russian)
A webinar for Russian-speaking journalists from across the world looked at how news organisations should respond to COVID-19. The webinar focused on approaching the work of media outlets from two perspectives: what audiences want/need to know about COVID-19, and at what it means for reporters, editors and managers.
Nina Kuryata, a Ukraine-based editor and manager with a background in microbiology, offered hints and tips on how to cover epidemics. She spoke, in particular, about how to expand coverage beyond just running a total of the numbers of people affected. She offered some dos and don’ts, introduced cases of engaging, thoughtful reporting, and also called out examples of lazy, paint-by-numbers coverage which doesn’t add a lot to the audiences’ understanding of COVID-19.
Artyom Liss, an Editorial Advisor and Program Manager for Internews, offered ideas about setting up media organisations for remote work, successful teleconferencing, and communicating with remote teams. He also covered ethical questions related to medical coverage and some safety and security aspects of reporting on COVID-19.
The webinar was attended by over 120 journalists, editors and media experts, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In the post-webinar survey, they rated it a solid 9/10.
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