Covering Covid: Lessons from a health reporter

Jessica Hamzelou reports on health and medical science for New Scientist. She has a BSc in biomedical science and was named BSME’s Best Digital Writer in 2018 and ABSW’s British Science Writer of the Year in 2017. In 2020, the biggest story her beat could conjure broke around the same time she found out she was expecting. Here’s how the story evolved for her, what it was like stepping back from it, and how she expects the coverage will evolve in 2021.