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2020 Summer Institute for Educators

Reporting on Public Health: Challenges, Solutions and Lessons Learned


June 25-26, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Zoom Webinar




This two-day virtual conference for educators brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to explore how reporting on past public health crises throughout the world can offer valuable insights on the challenges presented by COVID-19. Featuring a combination of journalist-led presentations and interactive activities, the session will also introduce methods for integrating global news and journalism skills into diverse curricula to reinforce students’ critical thinking, creativity and communication skills. Participants will leave with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on pressing global issues. The session will also utilize breakout rooms to provide opportunities for participants to brainstorm, collaborate and network.

Registration required: https://uchicago-international-education-events.ticketleap.com/reporting-on-public-health-challenges-solutions-and-lessons-lea/


Jon Cohen

Senior correspondent with ‘Science’

Jon Cohen is a widely published magazine writer and author of four nonfiction books on scientific topics. Cohen is a senior correspondent with Science, and also has written for The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyThe New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Smithsonian, Technology ReviewOutsideSlateSurfer and many other publications. His television appearances include the PBS NewsHour, the Today show, and the Larry King Show, and he also has been on several NPR and BBC radio shows. He specializes in biomedicine, and is widely known for his coverage of epidemics (HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, Ebola, influenza), immunology, vaccines, and global health. He also has reported extensively on genetics, primate research, evolution, bioterrorism, research funding, ethics, reproductive biology, credit battles, and the media itself.




The 2020 Summer Institute for Educators is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.