Finding and Amplifying Experts when Reporting on COVID-19

REMOTE REPORTER: Finding and Amplifying Experts

taught by Jeff Jarvis
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SABRINA ZUNIGA

it is. an amazing source

as a reporter and assignment editor in El Paso, this course was amazing

Arlene Schulman

Kenny González Castro

It was very interesting and usefull.

SABRINA ZUNIGA

as a reporter and assignment editor in El Paso, this course was amazing

Arlene Schulman

Kenny González Castro

It was very interesting and usefull.

Sofia Perpétua

Jeff  Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Video Lecturer

About the Instructor

Jeff Jarvis is the Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism Innovation at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

He is author of “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News” (CUNY Journalism Press, 2014); “Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live” (Simon & Schuster, 2011); “What Would Google Do?” (HarperCollins 2009), and the Kindle Single “Gutenberg the Geek.”

Full bio here.

The REMOTE REPORTER is a series of videos of 25 minutes or less in which our faculty members share techniques and tips especially calibrated to help journalists and journalism students continue their work while they self-isolate and weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, Jeff Jarvis explains how journalists can become adept at identifying and giving voice to credible experts. In addition to sharing his own curated Twitter list of COVID experts, he covers:

  • Why it's important to fight misinformation in a time of pandemic
  • How to judge the credentials and affiliations of epidemiologists
  • How to ask the right questions to the right experts
  • How to value diversity in medical experts
  • How to avoid diluting your pool of experts with the wrong people
  • Why you should avoid preprint studies and wishful thinking
  • Remembering that scientists, like journalists, continue to learn


Closed Captioning is available for this video.

The full list of experts cited by Jeff in this course, as well as the link to his COVID Twitter list, is available on his blog, buzzmachine.com.

Special thanks to Jake Jarvis, Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, Dr. Angela Rasmussen and Dr. Gregg Gonsalves.

Course Contents

1 Video

Course Curriculum

Finding and Amplifying Experts
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