Past Event

“Reporter Nights” at SPS: Science Journalism in the Time of COVID-19

April 7, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join the School of Professional Studies for a discussion about COVID-19 with reporters from the New York Times. Tuesday, April 7- I Cover Pandemics with Donald G. McNeil, Jr. Donald G. McNeil, Jr., a senior New York Times correspondent specializing in global health, has reported for two decades on epidemics and how different societies respond to them. He will address how the Coronavirus pandemic began and what kinds of policies might curb it. He will also discuss the special science communication issues that the COVID-19 crisis illuminates: Is there enough science literacy among ordinary beat reporters? How does a journalist cover a complicated science story at a moment when both science and journalism are disparaged by political leaders? What can scientists do to tell their story better? A Live Stream link will be emailed 48 hours prior to the event. About these events: The New York Times’ Donald G. McNeil, Jr. and John Schwartz—two of America’s top science reporters—will join Claudia Dreifus, SPS Lecturer in Professional Studies and contributor to the Times Science section, for virtual conversations regarding COVID-19. The events will explore the pandemic’s origins and policy options, issues in science communications highlighted by the crisis, and how lessons learned from the pandemic can be applied to climate change-related disasters. Given the importance and relevance of the topic, SPS welcomes you to this class-in-session. While only selected students from the course will have the opportunity to engage with the presenters, all attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for consideration in advance. For questions, please contact Kristie Stack, Associate Director, MS in Sustainability Management Program, at [email protected] Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact Disability Services ([email protected] or 212-854-2388) at least 10 days in advance of the event. Requests for CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) or sign language interpretation require two weeks' notice.

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