Reporting on the COVID-19 Vaccines

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December 14, 2020

Reporting on the COVID-19 Vaccines

Prepare to cover the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in your community. This webinar, featuring the president of the American Medical Association, will help local journalists understand the science, logistics and potential concerns of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Overview

  • Tune in on Monday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this exclusive online training just for journalists
  • Learn from immunology experts, including the president of the American Medical Association
  • Get a chance to ask questions pertinent to your audience
  • Be on alert about dangerous vaccine misinformation
  • Feel prepared to rigorously report on the COVID-19 vaccines and provide a critical public service to your community

Suggested donation: $15.00

Suggested donation: $15.00

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how mRNA vaccines work and how they are different from previous vaccines
  • Describe possible reactions to the vaccines
  • Explain to audiences the importance of the second dosage of the vaccines
  • Summarize why racial and ethnic minorities have much higher COVID-19 infection rates
  • Examine ethical issues that arise when governments designate some people to be “essential” but others are not
  • List what top medical experts think are the most important rumors/misinformation/misconceptions that journalists should address

Suggested donation: $15.00

Suggested donation: $15.00

Overview

  • Tune in on Monday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this exclusive online training just for journalists
  • Learn from immunology experts, including the president of the American Medical Association
  • Get a chance to ask questions pertinent to your audience
  • Be on alert about dangerous vaccine misinformation
  • Feel prepared to rigorously report on the COVID-19 vaccines and provide a critical public service to your community

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If a COVID-19 vaccine is to have any chance of slowing the pandemic, journalists — especially local journalists — will have to understand the science, logistics and potential concerns about the vaccination process. To assist in these efforts, the Poynter Institute and The American Medical Association will connect journalists with top vaccination experts in a live two-hour webinar. The training will be hosted by Poynter senior faculty Al Tompkins, who writes the daily Covering COVID-19 newsletter and column on poynter.org.

The webinar is timed to help local journalists cover the COVID-19 vaccines just as experts anticipate administering the first 6 million doses in the United States. We know from previous vaccination efforts that local news is critically important: Audiences trust local news the most, and local journalists will be critical in guiding the public to vaccine administration sites and explaining eligibility.

The first rounds of vaccines will be based on new mRNA technology that, while being a scientific breakthrough, may raise questions in the public’s mind about safety and efficacy. We will explain the technology in ways you can pass along to the public.

To the extent possible, we will include your questions to the experts, including Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the AMA. An immunologist, Dr. Bailey has been outspoken about the lack of adequate protective equipment for healthcare workers and about the widespread misinformation that has made fighting the pandemic needlessly difficult. More guests will be announced soon.

 

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@newsu.org.

Broadcast date: Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern. A replay of the session will be available on demand.

Who should apply

This session is open to reporters of all mediums and is highly recommended for local reporters and science journalists.

Cost

This two hour webinar is free thanks to the generous support of the American Medical Association.

Instructors

The Poynter Institute

  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around...
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The American Medical Association

  • Dr. Susan Bailey
    President of the American Medical Association
    Dr. Susan Bailey is an allergist and immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas. She was inaugurated as the 175th president of the American Medical Association in...
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Guest Faculty

  • Dr. Leon McDougle
    President of the National Medical Association
    President of the The National Medical Association which is the the oldest and largest collective voice for parity and justice for 50K African American physicians....
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  • Dr. Paul Offit
    American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, and virology
    Dr. Paul Offit, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus...
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  • Patricia A. Stinchfield
    President-Elect, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
    Patricia (Patsy) Stinchfield has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years. She is currently specializing in infectious disease, infection prevention, and vaccines at...
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The American Medical Association