COVID-19 - Courses & Resourcess

Welcome to Journalism Courses' special section featuring resources for journalists covering COVID-19


Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Knight Center's Journalism Courses program has benefited thousands of journalists from around the world with training and resources to help their news coverage of COVID-19. In this special section, you can find some of the resources we have offered to reporters and editors covering the pandemic, including regional briefings, self-directed courses and a webinar in multiple languages.

Special regional briefings

With support from UNESCO and funding from the World Health Organization, the Knight Center published a series of briefings written by science/health journalists who offer best practices and insights on covering COVID-19 in five different regions of the Global South: Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab States, West Africa, Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa. In this piece, you can learn more about the briefings and access additional multilingual resources. Below, you can find individual links to each briefing:

Self-directed courses

The self-directed courses are based on two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

In March 2021, we offered the MOOC Covering the COVID-19 vaccine: What journalists need to know, which is now available as a self-directed course in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian and Guarani, and will be available in more languages soon.

In May 2020, at the very beginning of the pandemic, the Knight Center launched the MOOC Journalism in a Pandemic: Covering COVID-19 Now and in the Future, in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The course attracted nearly 9,000 students from 162 countries. The pedagogical materials from the MOOC were later repurposed into a self-directed course available now in eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. You can access these self-directed courses for free at any time.

This project was made possible thanks to support from the Knight Foundation, UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). UNESCO played a critical role in the creation and translation of the Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian self-directed courses, and these courses were supported by the European Union as well.


In January 2021, at the very beginning of the global vaccination campaigns, the Knight Center's Journalism Courses program launched yet another a pioneering global initiative to help journalists cover the COVID-19 vaccines: a live webinar titled: "Covering the COVID-19 Vaccines: What Journalists Need to Know."

The webinar was held in five languages and organized by the Knight Center, in partnership with UNESCO and the World Health Organization and with funding from the European Union. It offered up best practices for journalists covering the vaccines, with a focus on vaccine distribution and the science behind the vaccines.

If you missed the live webinar or if you want to check it out again, the recording is now available in 13 languages: Arabic, Bambara, Chinese, Dari, English, French, Guarani, Hindi, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Wolof, and you can see all of the recordings here.


We encourage you to take the 2020 self-directed course, "Journalism in a Pandemic: Covering COVID-19 Now and in the Future," in one of these eight languages:


الصّحافة في زمن الجائحة: تغطية فيروس كورونا المستجدّ كوفيد 19 اليوم وفي المستقبل

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (AR)

* Language: Arabic
* Translator: Elsa Rizk
تساعد هذه الدّورة الموجّهة ذاتيّاً، والمنتَجة بالتّعاون مع منظّمة الصحّة العالميّة ومنظّمة اليونسكو وبرنامج الأمم المتّحدة الإنمائيّ، الصحافيّين والصحافيّات على تحسين تغطيتهم للجائحة. وهي متوفّرة أيضاً باللغات الإنجليزيّة والفرنسيّة والإسبانيّة والبرتغاليّة.

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Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (CH)

* Language: Chinese

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Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (EN)

* Language: English
Produced in collaboration with the W.H.O., UNESCO and UNDP, this self-directed course helps journalists to improve their coverage of the pandemic. It's also offered in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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Journalisme en temps de pandémie : couvrir le COVID-19 aujourd’hui et dans l’avenir

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (FR)

* Language: French
* Assistant Instructor: Yves Sciama 
Dans ce cours, vous découvrirez l'impact social de la pandémie de COVID-19. À la fin du cours, vous aurez appris l'histoire, l'état actuel et l'espoir de traitements pour COVID-19 et plus encore.

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महामारी में पत्रकारिताः कोविड-19 को वर्तमान और भविष्य में कवर करना

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (HI)

* Language: Hindi
डब्ल्यूएचओ, यूनेस्को और यूएनडीपी के सहयोग से निर्मित, यह स्व-निर्देशित पाठ्यक्रम पत्रकारों को महामारी के अपने कवरेज को बेहतर बनाने में मदद करता है। यह अंग्रेजी, फ्रेंच, स्पेनिश, पुर्तगाली, अरबी, चीनी (जल्द ही) में भी पेश किया जाता है।

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Jornalismo na pandemia: Cobertura da COVID-19 agora e no futuro

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (PT)

* Language: Portuguese
* Assistant Instructor: Amanda Rossi
Neste curso, você aprenderá sobre o impacto social da pandemia do COVID-19. Ao final do curso, você terá aprendido a história, o estado atual e a esperança dos tratamentos com COVID-19 e mais.

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Журналистика в пандемии: Освещение COVID-19 сейчас и в будущем

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (RU)

* Language: Russian
* Translator: Ольга Добровидова
Этот самостоятельный курс, подготовленный в сотрудничестве с ВОЗ, ЮНЕСКО и ПРООН, помогает журналистам лучше освещать пандемию. Курс вела Мэрин Маккенна. Она создала и курировала контент этого курса, в том числе видео, материалы для чтения, задания и другие материалы. Он также предлагается на английском, французском, испанском, португальском и арабском языках. Эта русскоязычная версия курса для самостоятельного изучения создавалась при финансовой поддержке Европейского союза.

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Periodismo en la pandemia: Cobertura de COVID-19 ahora y en el futuro

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (SP)

* Language: Spanish
* Assistant Instructor: Federico Kukso
En este curso, aprenderá sobre el impacto social de la pandemia de COVID-19. Al final del curso, habrá aprendido la historia, el estado actual y la esperanza de recibir tratamientos con COVID-19 y más.

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