Covering coronavirus: How two top reporters navigate COVID confusion

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

11 a.m. 12 p.m. PT


As we stagger into the third year of the pandemic and omicron rages, experts increasingly disagree about key questions of public health and infection control. It takes nuanced reporting to cover the latest, often confusing developments. As scientists race to understand this latest variant, prominent researchers are challenging highly regarded federal scientists on isolation and quarantine recommendations, testing, boosters, and whether COVID has become endemic.

In this webinar, award-winning journalists Helen Branswell of STAT and Katherine J. Wu of The Atlantic discuss their strategies for staying ahead of an ever-changing story. Which thinkers do they follow? How do they handle the flood of research on preprints? How can journalists cover omicron or the next variant without being overly alarmist or too complacent? Attendees will gain tips, insights and fresh ideas, whether you cover COVID periodically or it has consumed your life.