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Covering COVID-19 Courses

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

 

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 self-directed courses and a webinar in multiple languages.

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 and French, 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.

Webinar

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.

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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 eight 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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疫情中的新闻工作:当前与未来的新冠肺炎报道

Instructor(s): Maryn McKenna (CH)

* Language: Chinese
本门自主学习课程由奈特中心与世界卫生组织、联合国教科文组织及联合国开发计划署联合开设,旨在帮助记者提升新冠肺炎的报道水平。课程提供英语、法语、西班牙语、葡萄牙语及阿拉伯语版本。

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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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COVID19MOOC2020-FRFAQ

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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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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RU

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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