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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://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ObcjkCnmSwyF1dj5zGptag


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.

Pooyan Tabatabaei

Photojournalist / Visual Journalist

Pooyan Tabatabaei is a Toronto based Award-Wining Photojournalist/ Visual Journalist, which has produced images of conflict and humanitarian crisis that have made headlines around the world. Pooyan’s passion for his profession has taken him around the globe, and since 1998 he has documented the lives of many incredible and unique people of different cultures, religions, beliefs, and value systems. By reflecting the true image of his subjects, his photographs aim to capture the essence of the persons in such a way that he hopes will impact the lives of those who see his photographs, and provoke the same impact as he felt whilst capturing the foresaid images.

Beth Gardiner


Beth Gardiner is a London-based environmental journalist and a former longtime Associated Press reporter. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York TimesThe Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian.com. Her book on the politics, science and human impact of air pollution will be published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press and Portobello Books.



10:00-10:15 AM   Welcome

10:15-11:15 AM   “Reporting on Epidemics”

Jon Cohen (Senior Correspondent, Science)

11:15-11:30 AM   Sharing Resources and Ideas

11:30-11:45 AM   Break

11:45-12:15 PM   Workshop: Finding and Communicating Under-reported Stories

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center)

12:15-12:30 PM   Break

12:30-1:40 PM   “Iran Responds to the Second Wave of COVID-19” (Recording available upon individual request; please contact an Educator Outreach staff member to request access)

Pooyan Tabatabaei (Photojournalist / Visual Journalist)

1:40-2:00 PM   Breakout Rooms: Networking and Sharing Resources



10:00-10:15 AM   Welcome

10:10-11:15 AM   “Pollution in Poland and China: Challenges and Solutions”

Beth Gardiner (Journalist)

11:15-11:30 AM   Sharing Resources and Ideas

11:30-11:45 AM   Break

11:45-1:00 PM   Workshop: Making Local Connections to Global Issues Through Creative Writing and Visual Art

1:00-1:15 PM   Break

1:15-2:00 PM   Networking Lunch in Breakout Rooms


Click here for a Public Health resource list compiled by the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European & Russian/Eurasian Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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.