More than threee million people have been infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fueling a worldwide pandemic. As of this writing, at least 200,000 people have died. As the numbers continue to rise, we have assembled resources for journalists on covering disaster and epidemic, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with colleagues exposed to traumatic events in English and Chinese.
"Do your research. Ask who your story is for. Report on recovery and aftermath." On October 19, journalists Lizzie Johnson, Peter Drought, Lauren Markham and Karen Percy discussed the practice of reporting on wildfires in Australia and in the United States. They also shared thoughts on how to sensitively approach themes of aftermath, recovery and community resilience, considering the ethics of reporting safely and responsibly. The full event video, a companion tip sheet and additional Dart Center resources on covering disaster are now available here.
Join us for a series of online conversations about the challenges of reporting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Led by Bruce Shapiro, we’ll take quick, deep dives with authoritative experts, news innovators and journalistic colleagues navigating the crisis at the local, regional and global level - sharing lessons learned, common struggles and innovative approaches. Co-sponsored by CJR.
A collaboration between ACOS Alliance and Dart Centre Asia Pacific, this guide is designed to help editors and managers understand and support their teams. It is divided into five sections covering both general information and specific suggestions and tips for working with freelance journalists. Click here to download the full guide.
Covering civil unrest can be frightening and dangerous. A crowd may turn violent with little warning and police can target journalists or mistake them for rabble rousers. It’s particularly challenging to maintain social distancing during a riot, so take extra precautions to stay on the edge for quick exit. Bring extra masks, gloves and sanitizer for gear.
Video of the killings of Black citizens by police and in racist attacks have sparked sweeping protests. But the ongoing flood of shocking videos also has other consequences, especially for communities of color. How do journalists balance urgent news value against sensationalism and trauma? A conversation with Emily Bernard and Jelani Cobb, moderated by the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro. Full event video is now available.