Covering Coronavirus: Resources for Journalists

English and Chinese-language resources for journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic, including tips on covering disease, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with colleagues exposed to traumatic events.

More than three million people have been infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fueling a worldwide pandemic. As of this writing, at least 200,000 people have died.

As the numbers continue to rise, we have assembled resources for journalists on covering disaster and epidemic, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with colleagues exposed to traumatic events in English and Chinese. We have also added resources from our colleagues, including safety advisories, reporting tips and funding opportunities.

Dart Center Resources

English Language Resources

Chinese Language Resources

Resources from Colleagues
Hardship and Emergency Funds

Compiled in part by our colleagues at ACOS Alliance

  • Authors’ Emergency Fund
    Grants of up to £2,000 for professional authors, including journalists, who are resident in the UK or British subjects.
  • Canon Female Photojournalist Grant
    Open to female photojournalists anywhere in the world covering social, economic, political or cultural subjects. The €8,000 grant is given to an “outstanding photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism”

  • Coronavirus Rolling Grant, Fund for Investigative Journalism
    Provides immediate emergency grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.
  • Facebook News Industry Support 
    Facebook has announced $25 million in emergency grant funding for local news through the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) and $75 million in additional marketing spend to move money over to news organizations around the world. FJP’s COVID-19 Community Network Grant Program has already granted $5,000 dollars each to 50 local newsrooms across the US and Canada in its first round of funding.
  • Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
    One-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Format: The Photographer Fund
    Offers assistance of up to $500 per person to self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus.
  • Freelance Audio Fund
    Emergency relief to the professional audio community. You must be an AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) member to qualify. AIR is working to release a second phase through which funds will be made available to non-AIR members and small newsrooms.  
  • Fund for Investigative Journalists
    Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.  They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.
  • Google News Initiative: Global Emergency Relief Fund for local news
    Apply for funds via a simple application form.
  • IWMF Journalism Relief Fund
    Open to women-identifying journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance. The fund will provide grants of up to $2,000 USD per request. 
  • National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
    The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting.
  • Pulitzer Center: Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge 
    This grant opportunity is now open, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, rolling basis. 
  • Reporters Respond
    A fund for media professionals who suffering financially, funds are available to help media professionals during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Rory Peck Trust COVID-19 Hardship Fund
    Launched to provide 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.  
  • #ShowUs Grant, Getty Images
    Open to women, female-identifying and non-binary commercial photographers and videographers who have been shooting for less than five years.
  • Solutions Journalism Grant, The Gabo Foundation and the Open Society Foundations
    Seven grants for journalists in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua of up to US$3,400 each, to investigative projects in print, radio/podcast, audiovisual or digital formats.
  • US Freelancers Relief Fund
    Offers financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.
  • Women Photograph Emergency Fund
    Open to independent women and non-binary photographers who have been impacted by the coronavirus. 
  • Writers’ Emergency Fund, PEN America
    Grants of $500 to $1,000 to US-based journalists, authors and other professional writers who can demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Last updated: April 29, 2020