For more information, see the Media and COVID-19 Resource Guide.
In the light of the COVID-19 crisis, this page provides an overview of resources for journalists who are covering COVID-19: information on how to report responsibly, and how to take care of one’s well-being during this crisis.
Resources on COVID-19
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public (World Health Organization)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): How to protect yourself and others (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- COVID-19 Data Center (John Hopkins University & Medicine)
- Busting coronavirus myths (AFP Fact Check)
Resources for journalists covering COVID-19
- CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the Coronavirus Outbreak (Committee to Protect Journalists)
Also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Turkish
- Coronavirus: Reporting From Contaminated Environments (International News Safety Institute)
- Tips for Managing Coronavirus Reporting Risks (Institute for Nonprofit News)
- Coronavirus Resources for Reporters (First Draft)
- Covering Coronavirus: Resources for Journalists (Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)
- Tips for Journalists Covering COVID-19 (Global Investigative Journalism Network)
Also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Swahili
- 9 Lessons from Chinese Journalists on Covering COVID-19 (Global Investigative Journalism Network)
Also available in French, Arabic, Russian, Bangla, Chinese
- Our Top 10 Tips for Media in the COVID-19 ‘Info-demic’ (BBC Media Action)
- Fighting the Coronavirus Infodemic (New America)
- #CoveringCOVID: 6 Recommendations for Combating Disinformation (IJNet)
- Disinfodemic: Deciphering COVID-19 Disinformation (UNESCO)
- Disinfodemic: Dissecting Responses to COVID-19 Disinformation (UNESCO)
- The CoronaVirus Disinformation System: How It Works (Bellingcat)
- Investigating Coronavirus Fakes and Disinfo? Here Are Some Tools For You (Bellingcat)
- Covid-19: How to Keep Your Audience Informed (Deutsche Welle Akademie)
- Covering COVID-19: Concepts, Sources, Treatments and More (IJNet)
- Resource Center of Responses to COVID-19 (UNESCO)
Also available in French, Spanish, Chinese
- How Journalists Can Fight Stress From Covering the Coronavirus (Poynter)
- How Journalists Can Deal With Trauma While Reporting on COVID-19 (Global Investigative Journalism Network)
Also available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian
- Mental Health Tips and Resources for Journalists (IJNet)
- Mental and Physical Health of Reporters During COVID-19 (IJNet)
Resources for journalists working from home
- Physical, Emotional and Digital Protection While Using Home as Office in Times of COVID-19 (Front Line Defenders)
Also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Turkish, Chinese
- How Journalists Can Work From Home Securely (Freedom of the Press Foundation)
- Digital Resilience in the Time of Coronavirus (Equality Labs)
- Remote Work and Personal Safety (Tor Project)
- Totem Digital Security Training for Activists and Journalists (Free Press Unlimited)
See this page for more information on protecting one’s digital safety (while working from home).
Funds and grants
- Reporters Respond (Free Press Unlimited). Offers support to journalists in distress who need support in order to continue their vital work as quickly as possible.
- Legal Defense Fund (Free Press Unlimited). Offers legal support to journalists who are charged or arrested because of COVID-19 reporting.
- European Journalism COVID-19 Fund (European Journalism Centre & Facebook Journalism Project). Offers financial support to European news organisations, supporting community engagement, addressing critical business needs, and facilitating coverage of the pandemic.
- COVID-19 Hardship Fund (Rory Peck Trust). Offers financial support to freelance journalists whose only source of income is from journalism and who are unable to access any assistance (governmental, non-governmental) in their country of residence.
- Rapid Response Fund (Internews). Offers financial support to journalists and small, local news organisations worldwide.
- COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists (National Geographic). Offers emergency support for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities, especially seeking to deliver news to underserved populations.
- The Photographer Fund (Format). Offers assistance to self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
- Freelance Audio Fund (Association of Independents in Radio). Offers emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19.
- Journalism Relief Fund (International Women’s Media Foundation). Offers assistance to women-identifying journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance as a result of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Emergency Fund (Women Photograph). Offers one-time support to independent women and non-binary photographers globally who need assistance as a result of COVID-19.
- Arctivists (Centre for Applied Human Rights, through a grant from the Open Society Foundations). Call for ‘arctivists’: support for activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space.
- Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge (Pulitzer Center). Call for proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders.
- Coronavirus Rolling Grant for US Freelancers (Fund for Investigative Journalism). Call for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors.
- Coronavirus Fact-Checking Grants (International Fact-Checking Network & Facebook). Call for proposals that emphasise amplifying the fact-checking, increasing the reach and impact of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance and the fighting against health misinformation related to COVID-19 only.
For regional or local opportunities for funds and grants, see this overview.
|The Role of Media in Covering the COVID-19 Outbreak (Internews)||11 March|
|Disinformation Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wilson Center)||7 April|
|On Personal Protective Equipment (Dupon)||16 April|
|Advice for Journalists: Addressing Traumatic Stress in the Era of COVID-19 (Reporters Without Borders & American Psychological Association)||18 April|
|Local News in Times of Crisis (Center for International Media Assistance)||24 June|
|Reporting and COVID-19: Conversations for Journalists (Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma)|
Ongoing webinar series
|Webinar Series for Journalists Covering COVID-19 (International Center for Journalists & IJNet)|
Ongoing webinar series
|Covering Coronavirus: A Webinar Series (Center for Health Journalism) |
Ongoing webinar series
Covering Coronavirus: The Economy or Your Health? (8 July)
|Investigating the Pandemic (Global Investigative Journalism Network)|
Ongoing webinar series, in various languages
Surviving as a Freelance Journalist (9 July)
|Journalism in a Pandemic: Covering COVID-19 Now and in the Future (Knight Center, World Health Organisation & UNESCO)||4 – 31 May|
|Reporting on COVID-19 (Thomson Foundation)|
In English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Ukrainian, Russian
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