This course is designed to help journalists navigate the ethical and practical challenges needed to cover pandemics and epidemics looking specifically at the Covid-19 outbreak.
It draws on the experience of those who are covering it now and on the experiences of those who have covered previous outbreaks. Interrogation of the science and data surrounding such pandemics is an important part of the course, and the aim is to draw on expert science and health reporters for this aspect.
The course also addresses key elements such as use of language, and terminology which avoids stigmatisation and discrimination.
This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a B&S Europe-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.