As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, journalists have made covering the crisis a priority. However, along with increased health risks and declining advertisement revenues, media must also contend with a new set of challenges brought by the pandemic. With COVID-19 data and health information now at the forefront of public attention, information verification is of utmost importance and consequence. At the same time, journalists are combatting increased polarization while being flooded with misinformation. In some countries, the governments are cracking down on independent journalists reporting on the crisis.
On this Panel, Medina Dauda, Voice of America’s Bureau Chief in Nigeria, Navbahor Imamova, Senior Editor at Voice of America’s Uzbek Service, Michael Mirny, Director of the Information and Media Practice at IREX, and Daisy Sindelar, Acting President of RFE/RL, will discuss the critical social responsibility of journalists in the investigation of public messages and statistics, fact-checking, and combating polarization. Inna Dubinsky, Project Manager at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, will moderate the discussion.
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