‘Covering the Pandemic’ program set for Oct. 22

Society of Professional Journalists’ Bluegrass Chapter to hold online panel discussion; registration required he world’s biggest story in 75 years is also a local story for everyone: the coronavirus pandemic. It has posed special challenges for news organizations at a time when they were already challenged: the politicization of public health, pushback from audiences, confusing data, and pandemic fatigue – among audiences and journalists.
To help journalists with this story, the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold an online panel discussion, “Covering the Pandemic,” at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 22.
The panelists will be:
• Alex Acquisto, health reporter, Lexington Herald-Leader
• Jennifer P. Brown of Hopkinsville, who recovered from Covid-19 and wrote about it in her online newspaper, Hoptown Chronicle
• Ben Sheroan, editor, The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, who can speak to the pushback newspapers receive from their coverage of the pandemic
• Brian Neal, news director at Lexington’s WLEX-TV, who will address the fatigue factor experienced by journalists
• Susan Dunlap, executive director of the Office of Public Affairs of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, who will speak to the communications challenges of government agencies
The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Patrick, reporter for Kentucky Health News.
There is no charge to attend the program, which will be held via Zoom, but registration to receive the Zoom link is required. To register, send an email to john.nelson24@gmail.com.
The Society of Professional Journalists has stood for improving and protecting journalism since 1909. For more information, see www.spj.org.