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Ebola Crisis: Improving Science-Based Communication and Local Journalism in Emergency and Post-outbreak Periods

 

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is leading a regional communications and training program for local journalists to improve science-based journalism in health emergencies during crisis and post-crisis periods. This project will provide support to promote and strengthen independent science and health journalism in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on countries affected by Ebola virus disease, or at risk of the disease. Journalism that educates and informs The program will strengthen mass media campaigns and counteract misinformation on Ebola virus disease transmission and control. WFSJ will develop and implement the program in collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle, various African associations of science journalists, and community radio associations in West, Central, and East Africa. The program will target Ebola-affected countries and neighbouring countries. Skills and tools to enhance science journalism The project will offer practical information tools, guidance, and mentoring to journalists working in rural or local radio. The project team will deliver a series of workshops in West African countries directly affected by the Ebola crisis. Participating journalists will receive an information toolbox to help them report on the outbreak. The goal is to enhance and sustain community engagement to ensure the success of control interventions until the end of the epidemic. The project team will develop training courses and regional workshops in partnership with various African associations of science journalists. These activities will help prepare for emerging and post-outbreak public health challenges with improved on-the-ground communication and journalism for health promotion and action. Research to inform learning Applied research will guide the training strategies and allow the project team to adapt them to the Ebola crisis as it evolves. They will assess the barriers and conditions needed to enhance information uptake and to improve communication on health and science in the region. As a long-term goal, the project aims to strengthen journalism associations in Africa through country and regional exchanges using a Web-based platform devoted to science and health journalism. This will help increase access to health knowledge and evidence, improve monitoring and reporting of priority health issues in the region, and link local journalists to the wider science and health journalism community.

Identificador del Proyecto
107942
Estado de Proyecto
Completed
Fecha de finalización
Duración
24 months
Funcionario del IDRC
Andres Sanchez
Total del financiamiento
CA$ 700,000.00
Ubicación
South of Sahara
País de la Institución
Canada
Líder del proyecto
Mr. Damien Chalaud
Institución
World Federation of Science Journalists/Fédération mondiale des journalistes scientifiques

Publicaciones

Exploration of the lived experience of African journalists during the 2014 Ebola crisis

Exploration of the lived experience of African journalists during the 2014 Ebola crisis

Brief

In the case of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa which claimed over 11,000 lives, the virus propagated faster than reliable data. Local journalists faced an unprecedented epidemic and a shortage of credible information. This report explores the experiences of journalists during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Some major findings of the research: credibility, not accessibility was the key criterion when it came to selecting reliable sources; difficulty contacting experts was the most highly ranked issue; local Ministries of Health and Ebola Response Centre were reported as the most difficult sources to access, followed by local authorities and government officials.

Autor(es) : Secko, David

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Ebola crisis : improving science-based communication local journalism in emergency and post-outbreak periods - final technical report

Ebola crisis : improving science-based communication local journalism in emergency and post-outbreak periods - final technical report

Report

In the case of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, which claimed over 11,000 lives, the virus propagated faster than reliable data, leaving local journalists facing both an unprecedented epidemic and a shortage of credible information. This project explored the experiences of local journalists during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. For journalists, it was not so much the accessibility, but the credibility of information that was often felt to be missing. Effective journalism for future health crises thus requires improving real-time collaboration between the health sector, governmental agencies and journalists, as well as the use of verification tools.

Autor(es) : Legault, Anne-Marie

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In the backstage of the 2014 Ebola crisis news coverage : a focus on the lived experience of involved African journalists

Study

This thesis examines the lived experiences of African journalists involved in the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. It contends that African journalists did not cover the crisis efficiently because of several barriers. The EVD epidemic is believed to have begun in December 2013 and has affected West African countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, causing an estimated 11,279 deaths since March 2015. The outbreak, however, was not just a health crisis. It was a crisis of information that highlighted the ineffectiveness of top down messaging to reach communities directly affected by the outbreak.

Autor(es) : Edimo, Anne

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Lenguaje: Inglés