Ebola: beyond reporting. New ethics and practices of the media in the face of an unprecedented global crisis

Over the last few months, the Ebola crisis has posed a unique set of challenges to the world and to the global media too. It has been not only an issue to cover, but a call for action for scientists, policy makers, civil society and the media alike.

The Ebola outbreak is an unprecedented humanitarian emergency because it threatens not only Africa but the whole world, a reminder that in an interconnected globe no crisis is “too distant to be any of my business”.

The panel brings together journalists and public health entrepreneurs from Africa and Europe, to look at how rigorous reporting and a creative use of social media have supported the crisis response, raised awareness both globally and locally, and what lessons can be learnt in the face of future epidemics.