Covering COVID-19: Tools You Need to Tell the Story

Houston SPJ presents this half-day skills-focused workshop that will equip you with tools and knowledge to accurately and compellingly cover the story of our lifetimes.

You will leave this program with tools and resources in hand, ready to do some the most accurate, thorough and equitable COVID coverage possible.

Register here.


Google Tools for Covering COVID-19: Mike Reilley of the Journalist’s Toolbox will show how you can use tools such as Google Scholar, Dataset Search, datascraping and Google Flourish to find and visualize COVID-19 data. Prior to the training, be sure to set up a free account at and check out the COVID-19 resources on the Toolbox: | Follow Mike on Twitter @journtoolbox

Sharing all the Voices of COVID: A panel discussion on finding diverse sources to ensure your reporting reflects the demographic impact of COVID-19 in America. Confirmed to speak:

* Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Native American Journalists Association Board member/Editor, Indian Country Today

* Eleanore Vega, Chair, SPJ National Diversity Committee

* Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President

Accuracy is Everything: Caryn Baird, Researcher with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will present this session and will provide resources galore for attendees to take with them.

“Efficacy vs. Effectiveness” – Knowing the Precise Meanings of Terms: Independent journalist Bara Vaida’s presentation will cover accurate use of specialized language including medical terminology and research jargon. Bara has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has been the core topic leader on infectious diseases for the Association of Health Care Journalists since 2017. In that role, she helps journalists recognize emerging stories, understand the science of diseases, as well as prevention and cures. She has worked for the National Journal, Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg News and written extensively about health care policy and the Affordable Care Act as a contributing writer with Kaiser Health News. Her work has been published in CQ Researcher, Health Affairs, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Politico, the Washington Post and WebMD. You can find her on Twitter @barav.

Categories: COVID-19