Journalism and COVID-19. Responsible Reporting on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

Journalism and COVID-19. Responsible Reporting on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

WHAT:  PAHO/WHO and the Caribbean Development Bank, in association with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, invites journalists and communicators to participate in a virtual workshop on how to ensure informative, responsible, safe and evidence-based coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The workshop will consist of an introduction to ethical aspects of journalistic coverage. Journalists will also be provided with information on how to interpret basic epidemiological concepts, as well as an overview of mental health issues in the context of COVID-19.

The aim of the webinar is to help journalists understand the various technical terminology utilized during outbreaks and epidemics, how to interpret the epidemiological curve and to ensure accurate and sensitive reporting on aspects of a pandemic, particularly relating to mental health.  

The webinar will also include examples from Caribbean journalists reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic on the ground.

WHEN:       Thursday 18 June 2020

TIMES:      10 am – 12pm EST (2 hours)


·        Eldonna Boisson, Advisor, Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology, PAHO/WHO

·        Claudina Cayetano, Advisor, Mental Health, PAHO/WHO

·        Elisa Prieto, Advisor, NCDs and Mental Health, PAHO/WHO

·        Ashley Baldwin, Communications Specialist, PAHO/WHO

·        Caribbean journalists Emmanuel Joseph, President of the Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers and Managing Editor of the Jamaica Observer, Charmaine Clarke

 HOW:           Via Webex – Participants must register in advance.

1. To register, please fill out the information requested at this link

2. You will then be sent a link to the Webex to use on the day of the workshop

3. Mark the date on your calendar!

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