Welcome to our special section for helping journalists around the world improve their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, you can find a variety of resources, including regional briefings, self-directed online courses and recordings of webinars in multiple languages. This online hub of courses and resources is part of an effort to assist journalists that started in 2020, immediately after the declaration of a pandemic. The Knight Center’s Journalism Courses program has worked with UN agencies — specifically UNESCO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Health Organization — to produce COVID-19 resources for journalists, including massive open online courses, self-directed courses, and webinars in a variety of languages. It has already benefited thousands of journalists around the world.

This is a multilingual space, so in the section below, use the search and filter to find courses and webinars in your particular language. On this page you can also find a series of special briefings written by science and health journalists about coverage of COVID-19 in the Global South. The links to the briefings are below the courses and webinars.

Courses and Webinars

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Knight Center has offered massive openonline courses (MOOCs) and webinars around coverage of COVID-19. Some of these programs were later turned into self-directed courses (SDCs) that can be taken at any time, from anywhere in the world. These webinars and courses are a Knight Center initiative in partnership with UNESCO, funded by the World Health Organization and UNESCO’s Multi-Donor Programme on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists.

Briefings: Covering COVID-19 in the Global South

The Knight Center’s Journalism Courses program has been publishing special briefings written by science and health journalists who have offered 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. The briefings are aimed at helping journalists (and particularly those who are new to covering health and science) navigate the latest challenges in reporting on the pandemic, including countering disinformation. They are being published as part of a Knight Center initiative in partnership with UNESCO and funded by the World Health Organization. Below, you will find a select group of briefings.

Other Resources

Panelists offer tips for covering COVID-19 mutations and variants

Two years after the start of the pandemic, there is a lot science knows about COVID-19, but there’s also still a lot it doesn’t know. One of the aspects researchers are still grappling with has to do with the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. How likely are different variants to merge into a new one? What would such a merge mean to the course of the pandemic and to the vaccines we have now?

Featured Variants, Vaccines and Meds

الصحفيون والعلماء يوضحون كيفية تحسين تغطية كوفيد-19 في ويبنار من قبل مركز نايت واليونسكو ومنظمة الصحة العالمية

شاركت مجموعة رائدة من الصحافيين العلميين والعلماء وخبراء آخرين نصائحها في ويبنار مع الحاضرين من 85 دولة حول كيفية تغطية جائحة كوفيد-19 بشكل أفضل، ومكافحة الأخبار المًضللة المحيطة باللقاحات والمتحورات والأدوية العلاجية

Webinar for journalists covering COVID-19 vaccines now available in 13 languages

Video of the popular webinar offering international perspectives for journalists covering the COVID-19 vaccines is now available in six additional languages, amplifying the number of media practitioners able to benefit from this educational resource offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, in collaboration with two United Nations agencies.