Covering Coronavirus: How a Pro Covers Vaccines

    January 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    In this free webinar, presented by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, you’ll learn how one of the best reporters on the COVID-19 beat covers the vaccine story and the massively complex distribution effort.

    Our nation’s mass vaccination campaign is complex and unprecedented, and Americans are hungry for any information to guide them out of the devastating  COVID-19 crisis. Given the pace and scale of vaccine deployment, it’s easy for journalists to feel overwhelmed.

    To aid in efficient and accurate coverage, we’ll turn to one of the best reporters on the COVID-19 beat: Lisa Krieger, the science and medicine reporter for The San Jose Mercury News, who in recent months has focused almost exclusively on vaccine coverage. She’ll provide an up-to-date overview of the vaccine pipeline, describe key players in the industry, and offer projections of the 2021 timetable. She’ll summarize allocation and distribution strategies on the federal, state, and county levels.  She’ll provide context, suggest compelling story ideas and summarize current controversies — and recount how she stays on top of this fast-moving story, offering practical tips that will bolster your coverage.