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Ebola

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Covering Zika? Don't make the same mistakes journalists made with Ebola

When the first case of Ebola hit the U.S. in 2014, it happened to be in a city with a newspaper that had a "subject matter expert." That's a wonky way of saying that Dr. Seema Yasmin is both a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and an epidemiologist who previously worked at the CDC. As … Read More
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African journalist not upset university canceled on his visit

The Poynter Institute Friday hosted a group of African journalists visiting the U.S. for training as part of the State Department's Edward R. Murrow Program. The visit, which will continue next week, was originally scheduled to take place at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, which backed out of hosting the journalists due to concerns about spread of the Ebola virus. Read More
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Public fear and 'an abundance of caution'

I wonder how George Orwell would react to a phrase that has been repeated time and again by government and university officials to justify recent stringent actions -- such as quarantines and dis-invitations -- in response to the Ebola crisis. These officials say they are acting "out of an abundance of caution." It seems to be … Read More
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From AIDS to Ebola: Journalism, disease, and the mentality of fear

I remember a day back in the 1980s when I first met a person who I thought had AIDS.  I was sitting at the front desk of the old storefront building of the Poynter Institute when a tall gaunt man entered through the glass doors and approached me with a question. I have forgotten his question, but I do remember … Read More
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Hysteria or proper precaution -- a conversation with Michel du Cille

Michel du Cille (Photo by: Julia Ewan/TWP) Kenny Irby interviewed Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille about his work in Liberia covering the Ebola virus, but before we get into his work, we will address Syracuse University's decision to disinvite the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner from its S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Fall Workshop. Each side … Read More
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Poynter's News University to host a live conversation on covering Ebola

Nurse Barbara Smith practices proper hand hygiene while demonstrating the the use of personal protective equipment when dealing with Ebola during an education session in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Thousands of participants, mostly health care workers, attended the session to review basic facts about Ebola and updated guidelines for protection against its spread. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Poynter's … Read More
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