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COVID-19 Media Coverage: How to Consume and Share News Responsibly


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We’re all glued to the news these days.

How can you not be?

With an almost infinite number of information (and misinformation) sources competing for attention and engagement, foundations and nonprofits have a role to play by lending their channels and storytelling skills to inform the public with facts by amplifying crucial credible sources of information: Doctors and health authorities.

poll conducted in recent days by the Cause & Social Influence Initiative found most young people in the United States are tuning out their social feeds and turning to traditional news media.

That’s a quantum shift.  

Their research also revealed that alongside local health authorities, foundations and nonprofits are among the organizations most trusted to do what’s right in the COVID-19 pandemic.

For our next Network Virtual Roundtable this Friday, March 27th at 2pm ET, we’ll be joined by George Strait, former ABC News Senior Health & Medical Correspondent, one of the first journalists to report on HIV. And the first reporter to put Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH on television (back in 1984).

George will join us to share his perspective on the media’s current coverage of COVID-19; offer his take on what’s working in the media (and what’s not), and offer a few insights about how foundation and nonprofit leaders can be helpful based on his role as a past Board member at the Kaiser Family Foundation. And of course, he’ll take your questions.

We’ll cover:

  • How you can be a good consumer of news in this moment
  • How traditional media’s coverage of COVID-19 is helping — and how it’s hurting
  • What can foundations and nonprofit communication experts do to help their local health authorities get the word out (and make these folks more effective communicators)?

In order to fully participate with Q&A and chat features, please make sure you’re using the latest version of Zoom. This webinar will be recorded and available for replays.

Notes from the roundtable can be found here.


We’ve started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.



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