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Covering Coronavirus: Street Reporting Without the Street

With many reporters are working from home, finding sources and connecting with your community while covering COVID-19 can be more challenging than ever. This hour-long webinar will focus on helping reporters find health sources and affected people online, through social platforms and digital communities, with an emphasis on hard-to-reach and marginalized communities. Led by Amara Aguilar, a USC Annenberg Journalism School expert on social media and digital storytelling, the webinar will also delve into verification and practical engagement tools you can use while social distancing. This session will provide live, hands-on experience with at least three tools and provide more resources for health reporters working remotely.

WHEN: April 22, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT / 1-2 p.m. ET

REGISTER: [Now closed — watch archived version above]

View Amara Aguilar's slides HERE.


Amara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015 for her academic leadership focusing on application design, multimedia journalism and innovation in education. She was previously the journalism department chair and assistant professor of journalism at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, where she led the journalism program’s mobile and tablet initiatives. Before that, Aguilar was a multimedia assistant professor at Pierce College in Los Angeles, where she taught multimedia storytelling, video journalism, podcasting, online journalism, media design and development, and explored journalism on mobile and emerging platforms. Before Pierce, she taught online journalism and design classes at California State University, Long Beach. She has written for the Los Angeles Times and was previously a designer and sports reporter for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa. She has also worked as a video content producer and audience engagement/social media content producer.

Webinars are free and made possible by The Commonwealth Fund and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation.  


Our California Impact Fund offers mentorship and support to reporters who think big and want to make a difference in their communities through investigative or explanatory reporting on promising approaches to chronic ills. 


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