Zika!: Journalism and Public Health Confront a New Epidemic

Zika!: Journalism and Public Health Confront a New Epidemic

When the Zika virus appeared in the Americas, journalists and public health officials faced a dilemma: How do you spread information about a little-understood but potentially dangerous epidemic without paralyzing people with fear? It seems the news cycle moved too fast to come up with a good answer. As southern U.S. cities prepare for possible Zika outbreaks this summer, it's clear the story isn't over yet.

On April 13th, the new Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) Journalism and Media Initiative at Duke University brought together journalists and global health experts who have been on the front lines of the Zika epidemic to discuss how they uncover new threats and communicate them to the world. Moderated by Jonathan M. Katz, FHI Writer-in-Residence.