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 a million people have been infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fueling a worldwide pandemic. As of this writing, at least 50,000 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
- Tips on covering the 2009 swine-flu outbreak from John Pope, a reporter and former Center for Disease Control Fellow with decades of experience working with health issues.
- "Tragedies & Journalists": the Dart Center's comprehensive guide for reporters, editors, photographers and managers on every aspect of reporting tragedy.
- Guidance on working with emergency services from Dr. Anne Eyre, specialist in trauma and disaster management.
- Reporting and Covid-19: a series of deep dives with authoritative experts, news innovators and journalistic colleagues navigating the crisis at the local, regional and global level - sharing lessons learned, common struggles and innovative approaches.
- How Journalists Can Deal with Trauma while Reporting on Covid-19: GIJN spoke with Dart's Bruce Shapiro and Cait McMahon about how trauma reporting guidelines apply during a pandemic.
- "Best Practices in Trauma Reporting," drawn from a decade of Dart Award-winning stories.
- Scientific consensus, made readable, on the effects of traumatic coverage on journalists and on media consumers.
- Dart Centre Asia Pacific's self care tips for news personnel exposed to traumatic events, staff care tips for their managers and editors and reporting tips for dealing with victims of tragedy.
- Dart Centre Asia Pacific's Kimina Lyall shares tips for reporting on pandemics, and staff care tips for news managers.
- Recovery from Unnatural Death: A guide by psychiatrist Ted Rynearson for friends and family of someone who has died suddenly.
- Tips on how to deal with people caught up in tragic events.
- Tips for managers and editors to help them prepare and support reporters in the field.
- Tips on working with traumatic imagery.
- Filmmaker Rebecca Prosser, who was arrested in Indonesia in 2015 while working on a documentary film, shares advice on living in lockdown.
- Cameraman Edward Lawrence, who has worked in China since the January, shares practical tips for video journalists.
Chinese Language Resources
Resources from Colleagues
- First Draft's Tips and Guides for Covering COVID-19
- World Health Organization travel advisories, tips for protecting yourself and media resources.
- Global Investigative Journalism Network's Tips for covering COVID-19
- Committee to Protect Journalists' COVID-19 Safety Advisory
- Freedom of the Press Foundation: How Journalists Can Work From Home Safely
- The International Center for Journalists's guide on Journalism and Trauma.
- Society of Professional journalists: Journalist’s Tool box
- Fund for Investigative Journalism: Coronavirus Rolling Grant
- National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
- Pulitzer Center: Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge
Hardship and Emergency Funds
As compiled by our colleagues at ACOS Alliance
- 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.
- 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.
- Women Photograph Emergency Fund
Open to independent women and non-binary photographers who have been impacted by the coronovirus.
- 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.
- 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. Open to any independent worker in the U.S. who has primarily earned income through freelance work for at least one year and has experienced a recent, sudden, and unforeseen hardship or loss of income as a direct result of the pandemic, including contract cancellations or loss of work due to social distancing measures, or those experiencing illness or caring for immediate family members with COVID-19.
- Format: The Photographer Fund
Offers assistance of up to $500 per person to self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardship because of the coronovirus.
- 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. They state that additional funds “will be available to publishers most in need in the hardest hit countries”.
Last updated: April 1, 2020