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Tips on finding and vetting experts during a disease outbreak

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By Tara Haelle, Association of Health Care Journalists When covering a hot, fast-moving health issue like a disease outbreak, a severe weather event or other public health emergency, it can be a scramble to find the expert sources you need quickly. Still, it’s essential to ensure they are the right experts you need for the…

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Potential Lockdowns Will Affect People Differently

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by Niall McCarthy, Statista India has become the latest country to order a nationwide lockdown with Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning that “many families will be destroyed forever” if the country fails to get to grips with its COVID-19 outbreak over the next three weeks. India is shutting down despite having relatively few cases, 519 infections…

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Myth busters: COVID-19 advice for the public

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The World Health Organization (WHO) published a series of myth busters to combat misinformation about COVID-19. COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures…

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5 quick ways we can all fact-check coronavirus information online

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by Laura Garcia, First Draft The novel coronavirus has spread to over 60 countries alongside its darker cousin: false information about the disease, how it spreads and how we can protect ourselves against it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called it an “infodemic” as misleading or incorrect information is spreading faster than the virus.…

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Use wisely the time God has given us

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By the Africa Speaks Continuation Committee This is the time that the Lord has given us. Our task is to do his work in this time of coronavirus pandemic. God has given us the responsibility to speak to the church and to those outside the church. That’s what publishers, booksellers, writers and editors do. How do…

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Coronavirus: The words you need to understand the news

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by John Kelly, Dictionary.com The situation of the coronavirus outbreak is changing fast. And news and information about the disease can be overwhelming, not least of which are the many new, confusing, and technical terms being used about the outbreak. Understanding these terms is essential to helping people stay informed and safe—and we take seriously…

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Past health crises can inform reporting on COVID-19

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by Bhavya Dore, International Journalists’ Network Journalists around the world are covering a global pandemic, but it’s not the first time a health crisis has gripped the journalism world. To learn from past crises, and better approach reporting on COVID-19, we reached out to Thomas Abraham, an academic and former journalist who studies the role…

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A collection of reporting resources for covering the coronavirus

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As you seek to write about COVID-19 for your publication, it’s important to find new ways to discuss it, new angles to cover, and accurate, timely information. We gathered a collection of trusted resources to help you as you serve your readership with news and hope amid the pandemic. https://www.statista.com/page/covid-19-coronavirus Statista is a leading provider…

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The role of solutions journalism in reporting on COVID-19

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by Emily Neil, International Journalists’ Network Journalists are working around the clock to provide readers with comprehensive, up-to-date reporting on the COVID-19 global pandemic. Much of this coverage is focused on the reality of the crisis — what is happening, what can be expected, and new guidelines issued by local and national governments.  In the…

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How journalists can take care of themselves while covering trauma

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by Kari Cobham, Poynter Journalists can’t properly cover trauma if they’re suffering themselves — here’s a guide to self-care The replies to Jareen Imam’s tweet were a hundred deep by the time she got home, 14 hours after a gunman attacked The Capital Gazette newspaper. They wanted her dead. Knew where she lived. Where her…

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