COVIDA is a story about the COVID-19 or coronavirus in Costa Rica. It’s a story about life during times where the word death and its concept, is repeatedly exposed in the media. It’s a multimedia story that takes you through a documentary, a podcast, a map, a photo gallery and short videos around San José, Costa Rica.
COVIDA is a play on words.
COVIDA contains the COVID part of the scientific name of the virus, but at the same time has VIDA, which is life in Spanish. It is also inspired on the Costa Rican phrase of pura vida, which translates to pure life.
COVIDA is life because Costa Rica is pura vida.
Elizabeth Marie Lang Oreamuno.
Costa Rican journalist. Master’s graduate student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She reported, filmed, recorded, photographed, edited and wrote the story. She also put together the COVIDA website.
U.S. journalist. Journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She supervised the project and edited the story.
Guillermo Fernández Rojas
Costa Rican journalist. Journalism professor at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and Universidad Internacional de las Américas (UIA).
He edited the story written in Spanish.
Nakury and Bartosz
Costa Rican musicians. Owners of the independent record label Lácteo Cósmico.
They composed and produced the song “Esencia” used in the COVIDA documentary.
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION (SJMC)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON