Ebola Deeply
October 15, 2014 1:10 PM   Subscribe

A media and news project from the creators of Syria Deeply.

From their About Us page:
Ebola Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists that explores a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.

Ebola Deeply is a part of News Deeply, a new media startup and social enterprise based in New York. We are registered as a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the stated mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through public service journalism. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of foundation grants and digital-design services. Our client partners include the World Economic Forum, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.

We want anyone who comes to Ebola Deeply to walk away smarter and better informed about what’s happening in our world. We’re fielding your feedback and story ideas through info@eboladeeply.org.
posted by artsandsci (13 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
This is good.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:19 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Related: Thinking about Disease
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:36 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Great stuff, thanks.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:40 PM on October 15, 2014

To add more substance: I was on holiday recently and had limited channels available to me in our hotel room. Mostly I had CNN, the Today Show, Fox News, and similar. The amount of scare-mongering is truly irresponsible by the mainstream news agencies - one interview I saw on The Today Show with Matt Lauer interviewing a doctor (I'm afraid I forgot the name/institution), and the doctor at the end of the segment slid in a final word that pointedly remarked at how the reporting in the U.S. has been way overboard. Amen to that.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:41 PM on October 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

Many concerns are being raised by the Dallas nurses over lack of training and safety around treatment of the first patient. The second patient is being flown to Atlanta but now there are many more people who might have been exposed than thought.
posted by emjaybee at 2:52 PM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Thanks for that. I see the hysteria, and at the same time, what happened in Dallas should not have happened.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:57 PM on October 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

Remember to run away from ebola in a zig-zag pattern.
posted by zennie at 4:10 PM on October 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

The TV news coverage has certainly been stupid and scared about the wrong things, but TV news coverage of everything is stupid. Given that the WHO is now calling this "the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times," this counternarrative of it all being overblown panic is equally insupportible.

As long as the case rate in West Africa continues to double every three weeks, we ought to be scared as hell, and we ought to be acting on that fear, just not acting in stupid ways that the news is pushing like closing our own borders - we have a limited and closing window to throw resources at this in West Africa to prevent Ebola from becoming pandemic across sub-Saharan Africa. Even if the chances of an epidemic in rich countries are remote in the near term, for that matter, there are plenty of other regions that have bad public health systems and lots of economic ties with Africa - what happens if the next outbreak is in South Asia?

Hopefully this is the wake-up call the world needs that public health is a global problem, and that the rich countries can't just leave the poor ones to their own resources without endangering ourselves too - if there's one failure you can put at the media's feet, it's not pushing that angle in favor of the cretinous isolationism coming from the usual most vicious elements of the right.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 4:46 PM on October 15, 2014 [11 favorites]

The US vs. Spain – How each country has handled the Ebola crisis so far.
There are 15 people quarentined in Madrid whose health service is not the most robust due to the "crisis" and acute cost cutting.
posted by adamvasco at 4:51 PM on October 15, 2014

There are 15 people quarentined in Madrid

To stop ebola in Nigeria, where 19 people died, "officials made a staggering 18,500 face-to-face visits".
posted by anadem at 8:39 PM on October 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

Did anyone else notice that one of the News Deeply advisers is Akon?

I wonder how that happened?
posted by wjzeng at 10:53 PM on October 15, 2014

Well, he is Senegalese, so he's personally connected to the region.
posted by Small Dollar at 12:08 AM on October 16, 2014

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