World Federation of Science Journalists

Virtual Ebola Reporting Workshop coordinated by WFSJ


November 26, 2014

A Virtual Ebola Reporting Workshop targeted specialized and non-specialized journalists in territories directly and indirectly affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) will be held on December 2 (English) and December 3 (French). The workshop is coordinated by the World Federation of Science Journalits (WFSJ) with support from U.S. Department of State.

Technical Details:

The interactive session will be conducted online at https://conx.state.gov/live-event/af/. There will be an audio only option for those who have problems viewing the video and IIP is working to ensure the video has low bandwidth options. For those posts who are unable to participate in the live event due to time conflicts or bandwidth constraints, the workshops will be recorded by IIP and made available afterwards.


Scheduled Program:

December 2 (English)
USG Messages:
Pre-recorded video messages will be distributed to posts for download in advance of the workshop. Total running time will be about 30 minutes. We suggest playing this segment immediately prior to the live segment.
Introduction: Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz
Facts About Ebola: US Centers for Disease Control Health Scientist Dr. Roodly Archer
USG Response: USAID (speaker TBD)

Interactive Training Session:
1:00 pm GMT Moderator Introduction. Benedicte Paviot, France 24/BBC.
1:05 pm GMT Best Practices for Health Journalism and How to Find Data. Martin Enserink, Science Magazine.
1:55 pm GMT Case Studies of Ebola Reporting (both international and African examples will be discussed). Jonathan Hamilton, National Public Radio.
2:40 pm GMT Break (IIP producers to establish new connection)
2:50 pm GMT Improving Ebola Reporting. In advance of the workshop, journalists will be invited to submit examples of their reporting to the trainers. Trainers will review the examples and use this session to provide information about common myths or misperceptions appearing in Ebola reporting (without identifying any individual journalists) and how to avoid these pitfalls going forward. Julia Belluz, Vox
3:30 pm GMT Session concludes

Note: Journalists will be able to submit written questions throughout the workshop that will be addressed by the moderator and speakers.



December 3 (French)
USG Messages:
Pre-recorded video messages will be distributed to posts for download in advance of the workshop. Total running time will be about 30 minutes. We suggest playing this segment immediately prior to the live segment. Audio of French interpretation will be laid over the video file.
Introduction: Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz
Facts About Ebola: US Centers for Disease Control Health Scientist Dr. Roodly Archer
USG Response: USAID (speaker TBD)

Interactive Training Session:
1:00 pm GMT Moderator Introduction. Benedicte Paviot, France 24/BBC.
1:05 pm GMT Best Practices for Health Journalism and How to Find Data: Michel Rochon, Radio Canada.
1:55 pm GMT Case Studies of Ebola Reporting (both international and African examples will be discussed). Jonathan Hamilton, National Public Radio
2:40 pm GMT Break (IIP producers to establish new connection)Interactive Training Session:
2:50 pm GMT Improving Ebola Reporting. In advance of the workshop, journalists will be invited to submit examples of their reporting to the trainers. Trainers will review the examples and use this session to provide information about common myths or misperceptions appearing in Ebola reporting (without identifying any individual journalists) and how to avoid these pitfalls going forward. Theodore Kouadio, Fraternité Matin
3:30 pm GMT Session concludes

Note: Journalists will be able to submit written questions throughout the workshop that will be addressed by the moderator and speakers.

This is the first activity supported by the U.S. Department of State. The second activity coordinated by WFSJ will be to develop an online course on Ebola Reporting that will be supplemented by additional webinars to which journalists participating in the December 2&3 workshop will be invited and other journalists may also participate. The online course will consist of a series of lessions extending the emergency health journalism toolbox covered during the videoconference workshop. It will also provide a reliable list of contacts and resources realy to by used by local media. This will help local journalists find immediate solutions to the problems they are faced during their daily reporting.

The course will be realy for use by professional journalists and bloggers alike. The course will consist of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions and assignments.