Panel discussions by media experts on the role of journalism during a pandemic

COVID-19 and the media: The role of journalism in a global pandemic

In this panel discussion held by UC Berkeley, two global thought-leaders – John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Edward Wasserman, Dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism discuss the challenges involved in providing accurate information during a pandemic. Swartzberg and Wasserman talk about the unreliability of preprint journal papers, the focus of newsrooms on breaking news as opposed to in-depth coverage, and journalists’ relationships with experts to source trustworthy information. They also touch upon the difficulties brought by the pandemic in telling the stories of marginalized populations through field reporting. 

Know more – https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/05/06/covid-19-and-the-media-the-role-of-journalism-in-a-global-pandemic/

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Role of Media in Times of COVID-19

To mark the World Press Freedom Day 2020, GovindrajEthiraj, Co-founder, BOOM, RituKapur, Co-founder, The Quint, DhanyaRajendran, Editor-in-Chief, The News Minute, Vikram Chandra, Founder, Editorji, and Alan Soon, Splice Media discuss the vacuum created by the let-down of TV news, the increasing relevance of digital media, limitations in ground reporting because of the associated risks during COVID-19, aspects of citizen journalism, and the relevance of hyperlocal news stories. The speakers also spoke about the financial stress that organisations are going through right now and challenges of independent media in the context of press freedom. 

Know more – https://www.thequint.com/news/india/world-press-freedom-day-role-of-media-in-times-of-covid-19

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When Covid-19 Spreads Attacks on Press Freedom

The International Press Institute, a global network of editors, media executives, and journalists, held a virtual conference to discuss the attacks on press freedom in the wake of COVID-19. Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI) moderated the discussion, in which Supriya Sharma Executive Editor, Scroll.in, Lina Ejeilat Executive Editor, 7iber, Glenda M. Gloria, Managing Editor and Co-Founder, Rappler.com, andTabani Moyo Director, MISA Zimbabwespoke about the recent trends in press freedom violations across the world. The panel explored the attempts of governments to stifle critical questions from journalists through restrictive orders, the enactment of ‘fake news regulation’ that minimzed checks and balances on the government in southern Africa, the need to collectively hold social media platforms responsible vis-à-vis disinformation, and so on.

Know more – https://ipi.media/restricting-media-in-covid-19-is-life-threatening-for-communities/

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Journalism and the Pandemic – A Global Snapshot of Impacts

The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) held a panel discussion with Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler, Jay Rosen, Media Critic, NYU, Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, and Dr. Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, ICFJ to discuss the global impacts of the pandemic based on a survey done by ICFJ that included 1,406 journalists across the world. The panelists discussed the need for new financial models for journalism, the role of social media in spreading disinformation, and what’s ahead for journalism in these tech-dominated times. 

Know more – https://mediafreedom.in/journalist-maria-ressa-calls-for-creative-destruction-of-the-world-as-we-knew-it/

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Also in this Dossier:

Best Practices, Guides, and Resources to work during COVID-19 crisis

Journalists & the COVID-19 pandemic

Pandemic and the Media

(Researched and written by Geetha Srimathi Sreenivasan)