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

Chinese Language Resources

Resources from Colleagues
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