Information on COVID-19 and UNESCO

UNESCO and the World Health Organization launched a new massive open online course (MOOC) called "Journalism in a pandemic: covering COVID-19 now and in the future", organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in America, at the University of Texas at Austin.

The MOOC, which received the support of the Knight Foundation and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is a four-week online program that aims to provide journalists with the knowledge and tools necessary to cover the health crisis of COVID-19, and its social consequences, financial and political implications. The MOOC will be offered simultaneously in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Divided into four weekly modules, the online course will notably cover the history of past pandemics and disasters in the 20th century and how governments responded to these outbreaks. It will also examine the development of the pandemic of 2020 and the fundamental importance of promoting freedom of expression, as well as detect and combat misinformation and misinformation about the pandemic. The final module will analyze different perspectives of history to advance coverage, and will discuss the importance of self-care for journalists in the process of covering the outbreak. Each module includes a series of videos, PowerPoint presentations, readings, questionnaires and discussion forums that deal with specific aspects of the course. Spanish versions, Portuguese and French course will be taught by high profile instructors.

During times of crisis, like the current Covid-19 outbreak, it is even more important that the public have access to reliable and truthful information, and journalists have a key role to play in making the rights to freedom of expression, which include freedom of the press and access to public information, be a reality for all citizens. The online course "Journalism in a pandemic: covering COVID-19 now and in the future", will provide journalists around the world with additional tools, materials and access to specialists to offer quality information on the current crisis and its consequences. The MOOC will also have the potential to create a network of professionals and the media community who can share ideas and information on the best way to cover outbreaks and combat disinformation..

UNESCO pages related to COVID-19 and information:

UNESCO Articles

Legal standards on freedom of expression: toolkit for the judiciary in Africa (2019)

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Media self-regulation in South East Europe: guide to best practices for the digital age (2019)

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Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation (2018)

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Global trends in freedom of expression and media development (2017)

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Teaching journalism for sustainable development (2015)

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Model Curricula for Journalism Education (2013)

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UNESCO Chairs Guide in Spain (2011)

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Journalism studies model plan (2007)

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Public service broadcasting: a manual of best practices (2006)

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Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)

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Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2002)

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