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Diné (The People) vs. The Pandemic series introduction

Diné (The People) vs. The Pandemic series introduction

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"The People vs. The Pandemic," is a special series by KOB-TV (Albuquerque) reporters Colton Shone and Nathan O'Neal, with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 National Fellowship. The series shares stories of tragedy and resilience from the Navajo Nation, one of the first and hardest hit communities during the pandemic.


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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