ICFJ launches forum to connect journalists covering the pandemic
The International Center for Journalists has launched an initiative to accumulate and connect those journalists who are covering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“The importance of professional journalism in these times of a global health crisis takes on an importance that can define the life or death of people,” Luis Botello, deputy vice president of ICFJ told the Knight Center.
The aim of the newly launched forum is to satisfy journalistic needs and provide the tools and resources necessary to produce responsible journalism about the pandemic.
¨In the planning of the Forum we reached out to ICFJ’s global network of reporters and also made a call externally to journalists on Twitter on what kinds of challenges they were facing in covering the novel coronavirus pandemic,” Stella Roque, ICFJ director of community engagement and one of the four administrators of the Forum group on Facebook, told the Knight Center. “The response was enormous. We received a flood of emails from reporters all over the world. Needs ranged quite a bit.”
ICFJ launched the forum on March 20 and the first of its activities was a webinar with Dr. Samba Sow, a public health expert.
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