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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3 - 4:30 pm Eastern

Winners of ASJA’s Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition will discuss how they pitched, reported, and wrote their complex and inspiring stories about the constantly changing pandemic. Q&A to follow. Free for ASJA members or Crisis Coverage Award entrants, $20 for guests. Please contact [email protected] if you participated in the awards and did not receive a discount code.

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 Moderator: Janine Latus, Crisis Coverage Awards chair.


Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and journalist, and an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University. She has written for print and online publications including Rolling StoneThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, Playboy and Lifehacker. http://elizabethyuko.com/

Link to story: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/coronavirus-grief-pandemic-emotional-fatigue-981847/

Twitter: @elizabethics, Instagram: @elizabethyuko

Rolling Stone social media: Twitter and Instagram: @rollingstone

Lydia Denworth is a contributing editor for Scientific American and the author of three books of popular science, including Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond (W.W. Norton, 2020). Friendship was called “the best of science writing” by Booklist and named as one of the top 20 leadership books of 2020 by Adam Grant. Denworth’s work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Psychology Today, and many other publications. Her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three sons. https://lydiadenworth.com/

Link to story: https://www.scientificamerican.com/interactive/the-biggest-psychological-experiment-in-history-is-running-now/

Twitter and Instagram: @LydiaDenworthFacebook: @ScienceWriterLydia

Scientific American Twitter: @sciam

Rikha Sharma Rani is a freelance journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on issues impacting women. She has reported extensively on immigration, human trafficking, and women’s health, and edits a monthly column in Foreign Policy Magazine dedicated to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the world’s women. Rani lives in Oakland, Calif., and holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University. https://www.rikhasharmarani.com/

Link to story: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/us/coronavirus-immigrants-school.html

Twitter: @rikrani

The Fuller Project social media: Twitter and Instagram: @FullerProject 

The New York Times social media: Twitter and Instagram: @nytimes 

Lina Zeldovich has written about science, medicine, and other topics for Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, and Smithsonian, and is the author of an upcoming book, The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste into Wealth, from Chicago University Press. She reported her Covid-19 award-winning story while battling the very coronavirus she was writing about. https://LinaZeldovich.com 

Link to story: https://undark.org/2020/05/11/covid-19-surface-tests/ 

Twitter and Instagram: @LinaZeldovich

Undark social media: Twitter and Instagram: @undarkmag

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