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June 03, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in soaring levels of child hunger and food insecurity in families across the nation, along with other unmet needs. The lives of already economically precarious families have been upended during the pandemic, with school cafeterias shuttered, unemployment shattering records and food bank lines stretching for miles. Meanwhile, food prices jumped in April more than they have since 1974. Struggling parents report not having enough money to buy diapers and other basic needs. In this webinar, we’ll learn what this deepening crisis means for child development and family well-being, and explore fresh angles for deeper reporting on hunger, food insecurity and other unmet needs.

Previous Webinars

May 27, 2020

While stay-at-home orders have helped flattened the COVID-19 curve, they present grave new dangers for victims of domestic violence who suddenly find themselves locked down with their abusers. And the pandemic has made it harder than ever for domestic violence organizations to help victims, a challenge compounded by losses in funding and reduced shelter capacity. In this webinar, will look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a terrifying new reality for domestic violent victims, how organizations and authorities are trying to innovate in response, and how reporters can tackle the story in their community.

May 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone — but not equally. Black, Latino and Native American communities in particular have suffered higher rates of infection and deaths, laying bare deep inequities in the American health care system and the social factors underlying health. Low-income communities rely heavily on safety net health centers and clinics for care, and at the same moment many of these providers are facing curtailed services or closures due to lost revenues during COVID-19. In this webinar, we’ll seek a deeper understanding on why minority and low-income communities are facing worse outcomes, and explore related data tips and strategies.

May 13, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 has been described as essential for easing restrictions and reopening the country. But experts widely agree that the U.S. has nowhere near the number of test kits and lab capacity we need. Meanwhile, huge questions remain about the reliability of antibody tests that have flooded the market with no FDA oversight. Such serology tests, designed to see if someone has been previously infected, have been plagued by false readings and scant supply. Further, it remains scientifically unclear what degree of immunity the presence of COVID-19 antibodies confer. In this webinar, we’ll hear from a leading infectious disease expert and top reporter on whether or not we can test our way out of this crisis.

May 06, 2020

We have been grappling with the coronavirus pandemic for months now, yet neither COVID-19 nor our coverage of it is anywhere close to being over. How can we continue to report on this story in novel ways that inform our communities, while steering clear of sensationalism? In this webinar, Kaiser Health News data editor Liz Lucas will serve as our guide through the changing landscape of data on COVID-19. We'll look specifically at data sources that can aid informed, in-depth reporting on the overall trend of the pandemic, the infrastructure needed to survive it, and the people most vulnerable to it. We’ll talk about what data exists nationally, and what data you should pursue locally. 

April 29, 2020

The communities journalists serve are desperate for news and information as the defining story of our times remakes the world before us. But how do journalists focus their energy and figure out which stories they might be overlooking and what information people need most right now? Community engagement provides a powerful framework for listening to communities, and few outlets have been as nimble and innovative as Southern California Public Radio. Under community engagement director Ashley Alvarado, the staff has received more than 1,800 COVID-19 questions so far — and responded to 1,500 of them personally. In this webinar, Alvarado will share ideas on how outlets of all sizes can better serve the needs of their audiences with innovative methods for listening and generating story ideas.

April 22, 2020

With many reporters are working from home, finding sources and connecting with your community while covering COVID-19 can be more challenging than ever. This hour-long webinar will focus on helping reporters find health sources and affected people online, through social platforms and digital communities, with an emphasis on hard-to-reach and marginalized communities. Led by Amara Aguilar, a USC Annenberg Journalism School expert on digital journalism, this webinar will also delve into verification and practical engagement tools you can use while social distancing. This session will provide live, hands-on experience with at least three tools and provide more resources for health reporters working remotely.

April 15, 2020

As health systems across the country brace for a surge of COVID-19 patients, some hospitals have already been forced to make unprecedented decisions about who gets care and whether patients on the brink of death should be resuscitated. The heated debate is fueled by shortages of protective equipment and ventilators and the high risks faced by health care providers on the frontlines. In this webinar, we’ll discuss what questions journalists should ask providers and health systems to gauge their plans and preparedness and to understand the hard calls they are making on rationing care. Palliative care specialist and author Dr. Sunita Puri will join the Center for Health Journalism for a moderated discussion.

April 08, 2020

It’s already been called the story of our lifetime, and it’s moving with a speed and ferocity that makes it exceedingly hard for reporters to cover. Yet audiences everywhere are desperate for updates and accurate information on COVID-19 amid a growing backdrop of fear and uncertainty. How do you best focus your reporting energy in the midst of such a vast crisis? Lisa Krieger, science and medicine reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, has covered every angle of the spreading outbreak, from testing debacles to the most promising potential new treatments. In this webinar, Krieger will share how she stays on top of the story every day, and offer immediately actionable tips that will bolster your own coverage.

February 28, 2020

Every day brings a flurry of new coronavirus headlines and a growing number of cases around the globe. While China remains the epicenter of the outbreak, experts warn of a possible global pandemic that could wreak havoc on health systems and vulnerable populations. There have been only a dozen cases to date in the U.S. and experts say the current risk to Americans is low. But that could quickly change if measures to curb the virus fail. In this webinar, you will hear the latest updates from top experts and a leading journalist tracking the story, providing crucial context and insights for reporting responsibly on this fast-moving public health threat.

February 19, 2020

Health care is among the most crucial issues for voters heading into the 2020 election season. Soaring insurance deductibles and drug prices are crippling many families' budgets, premiums continue their steady upward march, and a legislative fix to the problem of surprise bills remains elusive. Meanwhile, a philosophical divide has riven the Democratic party: Fix the ACA and pursue incremental reforms or pursue a more dramatic overhaul of the health system? This webinar will bring together two top national health policy reporters and a veteran health policy expert to provide a timely overview of the leading candidates’ health care positions. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in soaring levels of food insecurity and unmet needs in families across the nation. In our next webinar, we’ll explore fresh angles for deeper reporting on vulnerable families in your community. Sign-up here!

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