Zoom Session 1
- Date: April 4, 2020
- Topic and Speaker: This session focused on the topic of behavioral health implications in the COVID-19 climate. The featured speaker was Tom Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, who now serves as California's “mental health czar” where he is advising the state on its work to revamp the mental health system. He is also about to launch a new mental health smartphone app through his start-up Mindstrong.
- Recording (audio and video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p3SA5bct_g
Zoom Session 2
- Date: April 11, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session featured three novelists who have written about plagues/pandemics: Geraldine Brooks, Lawrence Wright, and Tom Perrotta.
- Recording (audio, no video): https://www.dropbox.com/s/vi9xb0zcsjoyjpw/4-11%20author%20session.mp3?dl=0
Zoom Session 3
- Date: April 18, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session focused on the topics of Covid-19 and racial and other health disparities and featured the following speakers: Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Dr. Margarita Alegria from MGH’s Disparities Research Unit, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
- Recording (audio and video): https://youtu.be/8j3NLF63XqA
Zoom Session 4
- Date: April 25, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session focused on how COVID-19 is being covered by journalists in hotspots worldwide. The session featured the following journalists, based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Africa: Amy Qin of the New York Times; Slavea Chankova, London-based health reporter for The Economist; David Halbinger, the New York Times' bureau chief in Jerusalem; Jason Beaubien, NPR's global health reporter; Rob Wilson, a BBC producer concentrating on Africa; and Stephen Eisenhammer of Reuters, based in Brazil.
- Recording (audio and video): https://youtu.be/-UItaSRqtXc
Zoom Session 5
- Date: May 2, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session focused on the topic of how to obtain funding as newsrooms and journalists attempt to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. John Palfrey of the MacArthur Foundation, Margaret Engel of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation, Mark Greenblatt of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting joined us to provide their advice and perspective.
- Recording (audio and video): https://youtu.be/fzFvs-VXGpE
Zoom Session 6
- Date: May 16, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session focused on lessons learned and future directions in responding to COVID-19. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear; New Zealand's Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield; Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch; and Bob Woodward, associate editor at The Washington Post, served as speakers.
- Recording (audio and video): https://youtu.be/-81jCN6R8m0
Zoom Session 7
- Date: June 13, 2020
- Topic and Speakers: This session focused on guidance and tips for journalists interested in writing books about COVID-19 or virus-related topics. It featured the following speakers: Deb Brody, publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Megan Newman, publisher at Penguin's Avery imprint; Sonia Shah, science journalist and author of The Fever and Pandemic; and Carolyn Savarese, book agent at Kneerim & Williams.
- Recording (audio and video): Password to access this recording: 7J*c5Uk$