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Covering COVID-19 Courses

Welcome to Journalism Courses' special section on courses and other educational initiatives for journalists on the coverage of COVID-19.

NEW MOOC

In March 2021, we launched our second massive open online course on this topic. Registration is now open for the MOOC "Covering the COVID-19 vaccine: What journalists need to know." The course is free and you can chose which language you want to take it in: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.

FIRST MOOC

In May of 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, helping journalists to better understand the pandemic and improve their coverage of it.

SELF-DIRECTED COURSE

The pedagogical materials from the 2020 MOOC were later repurposed into a self-directed course made up of instructional modules that you can access from anywhere in the world at any time.

We invite you to take the free self-directed course "Journalism in a Pandemic" in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Chinese and Hindi self-directed versions are also in the works and will be posted here in the coming months.

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 and Russian self-directed courses, and both courses were supported by the European Union as well.

WEBINAR

In January 2021, at the very beginning of the global vaccination campaigns, the Journalism Courses program again launched 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 eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, and you can see all of the recordings here.

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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 six languages:

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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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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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COVID19MOOC2020-PTFAQ

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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COVID19MOOC2020-SPFAQ

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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