Embassy Bamako Hones Skills of Thirteen Journalists on Ebola Reporting

Thirteen Bamako-based journalists participated in an online workshop on Wednesday to hone their reporting skills on Ebola.  The workshop began with a video featuring remarks from representatives of the Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Agency for International Development. In an interactive session following the video, participants from across West Africa examined best practices for reporting on health issues and finding data.  They also reviewed case studies highlighting Ebola reporting  and discussed improving reporting on the disease.  These sessions were led by African, American, Canadian and European experts, who reviewed participants stories and provided constructive critiques. Journalists had the opportunity to ask questions concerning safety in obtaining testimonials from Ebola patients, best ways of containing the outbreak, and avoiding stigma.