Covering Ebola: A Poynter Conversation

Course Overview

Title:
Covering Ebola: A Poynter Conversation
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
Because we believe so strongly in helping journalists cover this important topic, this $29.95 event is free.
Originally Broadcast On:
October 23, 2014

About Conversations

Join us in our virtual studio as Poynter faculty and other veteran journalists discuss issues about the craft and values of the profession. This live videocast also gives you the opportunity to join the conversation, submitting your own questions and responding to poll questions posed by the host.

This Conversation was originally broadcast on:
October 23, 2014 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Conversation in its entirety. This Conversation recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

With all the coverage around the Ebola story, how do you make sense of the news for your audience and tell stories with accuracy, depth and context?

This Poynter conversation explores strategies for journalists who want to cover this complex story in ways that connect in their community.

Want to learn more? Here are related articles on Poynter.org:

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation sponsored a McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on this topic. See resources from that workshop here.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to cover the topic with context and accuracy
  • How to debunk myths about the Ebola virus
  • How to find untold stories
  • Ways you can localize the story for your community
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, bloggers and anyone who wants give their audience a better understanding of evolving story around the spread of the Ebola virus.

Course Instructors:

Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride is the vice president at The Poynter Institute. She is a writer, teacher and one of the country's leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute, of The New Ethics of Journalism : Principles for the 21st Century.

Her other work involves Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation project examining the transformation of journalism from a profession of a few to a civic obligation of many, the effects of technology on democracy, and the media habits of the millennial generation. She conducts workshops in newsrooms and at journalism conventions across the country. Twice she has traveled to South Africa to lead advanced reporting and writing seminars geared toward reporters working in a young democracy. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellymcb.

Tom Huang

Tom Huang is Sunday & Enterprise Editor at The Dallas Morning News and Adjunct Faculty member of The Poynter Institute, where he oversees the school’s writing program. He has worked at The Dallas Morning News since 1993, first as a feature writer, then as features editor, and now as the Sunday Page One editor. At Poynter, he teaches seminar sessions in ethics, diversity, writing and leadership issues, and he was co-editor of Poynter’s Best Newspaper Writing book for 2008-2009. You can follow him on Twitter at @tomthuang.

Kristen Hare

Kristen Hare is the local innovation reporter at Poynter. She previously worked as a staff writer with the St. Louis Beacon and as a features writer with the St. Joseph News-Press. Before that, Kristen spent two years in Guyana, South America, with the Peace Corps. Her stories have earned national honors, including the Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize in Journalism from the University of Missouri and first place wins from the Society for Features Journalism. Kristen lives outside Tampa, Fla., with her family.

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