NEW GUIDE: Journalism in the Age of Pandemics
Out today – a digital handbook for 2021 from the World Editors Forum, to help journalists, editors and newsrooms navigate COVID-19 and future health crises.
The guide distils expert views and advice on newsgathering, storytelling, innovation and offers guidelines for thinking about future emergencies. The content is drawn from the Science in the Newsroom programme run by the World Editors Forum.
“Our newsrooms were challenged like never before in 2020 with a complex, fast-moving story of a global crisis demanding all our focus and journalistic skill. And the story looks set to remain at the top of our agenda in 2021 and beyond, » said Warren Fernandez, Editor in Chief of the Straits Times and President of the World Editors Forum.
« COVID-19 struck at a time when science reporting skills, and indeed general newsroom capacity, had been eroded in many newsrooms. The economic fallout risks further weakening newsrooms, but the pandemic has shown the need for, and value of good journalism, not least by authoritative science correspondents,”
« The handbook, made possible by support from the Temasek Foundation, is a contribution from the World Editors Forum to helping newsrooms develop and enhance key skills. We hope it is of value and we encourage you to share it widely.
In the face of bewildering developments such as the pandemic, made worse by the viral spread of fake news, our communities will increasingly look to us for help in making sense of their world,” said Fernandez.