Learning opportunity: effective storytelling to communicate about infodemics, their impact and how to contribute to the practice of managing infodemics
Online workshop: 6 hours of dedicated lessons over 2 days (3 hours per day)
In English or French or Spanish
Application deadline: August 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Geneva time Switzerland
By developing storytelling skills, infodemic managers can become more effective communicators and explain to others the power of stories that can mislead and cause harm online, talk about their infodemic management work and how stories can be used as a force to promote public health. This is free training for successful applicants who have worked and responded to health misinformation, worked in the COVID-19 pandemic, and understood how information informs people’s personal health decisions. Successful applicants will be invited to the workshop and encouraged to share and record their stories of how health misinformation and information overload has affected their lives professionally or personally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their stories will be featured in a community storytelling project of the WHO Infodemic Managers Community.
WHO, in partnership with The Story Collider, wants to develop these skills for public health practitioners to promote science and health through more effective storytelling.
Why you should apply
The ability to tell a story effectively is a valuable craft for anyone working in evidence-based public health, where practitioners balance data and numbers while building an emotional connection with their audience. Storytelling skills are useful for advocacy, relationship building and becoming a more persuasive communicator in health and science. By joining this storytelling workshop, successful applicants who work in the field of health misinformation will more vividly and effectively describe their lived experiences and tell effective stories about how the infodemic has affected individuals, communities and health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Participation in the workshops is free for participants.
- The workshops will take place in specific language streams for English, Spanish and French. Potential participants apply for a specific language course, for which they must have at least a practical command in order to be able to tell a story in that language.
- A limited number of applicants will be selected based on eligibility criteria.
- Participation in the workshop is subject to signing a press release, so that participants can be part of the storytelling project.
6 hours of dedicated lessons spread over 2 days, plus a nominal amount of asynchronous work.
Proposed session dates:
Tuesday August 16 and Thursday August 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Geneva time Switzerland
Tuesday August 23 and Thursday August 25, 2022, 09:00 Geneva time Switzerland
Tuesday September 6 and Thursday September 8, 3:00 p.m. Geneva time Switzerland
Tuesday September 13 and Thursday September 15, 5:00 p.m. Geneva time Switzerland
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Who can apply
WHO invites applications from experienced professionals in the following areas:
- Communication for Social and Behavior Change
- University and research
- Health sector
- Public health
- Infodemic management
- Design and delivery of health services
- Have a demonstrated track record in effective communication on science or health topics or in countering health misinformation
- Have experience working in the COVID-19 response
How to register
Interested applicants should complete the application form.
Applications must be submitted by 8 August 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Geneva time Switzerland.