Online Event: COVID-19 and the Media

The role of journalism in a global pandemic

While scientists often simply don’t know the answers that the public and policy makers are looking for, journalists struggle with the extreme reactions to their reporting, ranging from total denial to complete hysteria. In this unique panel discussion between two global thought leaders in public health and journalism, we explore the challenges seen by reporters and researchers to provide accurate information on a little-known virus and a pandemic of historic proportions.

This online event will shed light on the collaborative efforts of scientists and journalists to support policy makers and the public in navigating the crisis.


John Swartzberg
Clinical Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Faculty UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Editorial Board Chair UC Berkeley Health and Wellness Publications

Edward Wasserman
Professor of Journalism
Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Welcome Speech

Diana Wu
Dean of UC Berkeley Extension


9 am: Welcome speech
9:10 am: Panel discussion, including Q&A with the audience
10:10 am: Final remarks and closing


Wednesday, May 6, 2020
9–10:15 am (PDT)


Video of the Event