Science in the Newsroom

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Science in the Newsroom

04 Aug 2020 to 27 Aug 2020
Asia Pacific and South Asia

Building journalist skills for future health crises





Call for Nominations is closed. 

The World Editors Forum Asia Chapter, the regional network in Asia for editors within the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), is offering a virtual training programme covering six modules to improve knowledge and practices of generalist journalists around science and health reporting.

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged news organisations like never before, requiring journalists to respond with immediate innovation and pick up new science and health reporting skills and knowledge on the fly. Health misinformation is rife about everything from mask-wearing to the symptoms of COVID-19 to the origins of the virus. News organisations have had to design new methods to get through to audiences that are bombarded with information, rumour and misinformation.

Journalists have had to manage all these with scarce resources, while working from home and keeping themselves safe from the virus. It has been tough.

Call for Nomination is closed !




  • 1

    Science, Covid-19 and Journalism: The perils of science reporting

  • 2

    Monitoring and combating misinformation

  • 3

    Data journalism

  • 4

    Innovation in pandemic storytelling

  • 5

    Solutions journalism

  • 6

    Newsroom of the future


Learning Outcomes

This virtual course has been designed for journalists to examine the key challenges of covering COVID-19 and to introduce solutions, skills and knowledge that have helped overcome these challenges.

Our aim is for you to learn about what has worked best for journalists and news organisations covering the first waves of COVID-19 in order to prepare you for what might lie ahead.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise and analyse the central challenges journalists and news organisations faced covering the COVID-19 pandemic.; and

  • Build a personal toolkit of skills and knowledge they can use to approach/cover outbreaks and other large-scale public health emergencies in the future.


Who should attend

Generalist journalists who have found themselves having to cover science and health issues during COVID-19, and who are interested in improving their skills and understanding.

We are inviting editors to nominate candidates in their newsrooms who could benefit from these new skills and knowledge.


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