April 01, 2020
Covering coronavirus: An online course for journalists
This online course gives journalists the practical tools, techniques and advice they need to tackle the infodemic and produce credible coverage on coronavirus.
Right now there are a lot of people feeling overwhelmed with information about coronavirus. We’re in a whirlwind of rumors, hoaxes and speculation, spreading like the virus itself. The World Health Organization is calling it an ‘infodemic’. So much information that we don’t know what to believe.
This isn’t just a problem for reporters and journalists. We’re all publishers now, and have a collective responsibility to make sure that what we share is accurate and based on facts. The question is, do you want to share helpful or harmful information?
It’s clear that we need good information now more than ever, and it’s never been more important to pause and consider what we see online, whether it’s a fake cure, funny meme or out-and-out conspiracy theory.
While most of us are just trying to help, if we share the wrong thing our good intentions can backfire. So we designed this quick and simple guide to help everyone navigate the infodemic.
Our guide will help you understand where misinformation comes from and why it spreads.
We’ll help you decide what’s worth sharing, and give you advice on having difficult conversations with friends and family members who repeat something you consider to be harmful or misleading. We’ll also show you how to use your phone to check if a photo or video is what it claims to be, and give you many more valuable tips and tricks.
The guide is made up of snackable reads and videos, so you can pick what feels most interesting and dive in, or go through from start to finish. All you need is a computer or phone and an internet connection and you’re good to go.