Covering COVID-19: Resources for Journalists

So many journalists in ICFJ’s vast network and beyond are debunking misinformation and providing lifesaving coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud of the work that reporters worldwide are doing, and are working to help however we can. Our Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum, in partnership with ICFJ's International Journalists' Network (IJNet), is a new initiative that aims to do just that.

As part of our Forum project, you can learn from health professionals and other experts, through a series of webinars on everything from health disinformation to newsroom leadership to the latest research on the disease. You can find new resources on covering COVID-19 on IJNet, the go-to site for journalism tips, trends and opportunities, in seven languages. You can collaborate with other journalists from across the world on the Forum's vibrant Facebook group - already more than 1,600 members strong. And you can explore cutting-edge research on journalism and COVID-19 being conducted by ICFJ. Get involved below.

Latest News

Key Quotes: Are Our Health Systems Prepared for COVID-19? Q&A with Dr. Claire Standley

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March 27, 2020

Dr. Standley discussed the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health systems around the world and who's prepared, who's not, and who's doing the best job of responding. What have various countries failed to do in advance that they need to implement in the future to prevent pandemics like this one? What is this pandemic teaching us about preparedness?

Claves para Cubrir el Impacto de COVID-19 en la Situación de los Migrantes

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March 27, 2020

El virus que ha ocasionado la pandemia de COVID-19 no tiene fronteras, pero los países sí. En un mundo que ha cerrado mayormente sus accesos de desplazamiento, ¿cuál es la situación de las personas que se encuentran en situación de migración en el corto, mediano, y largo plazo? ¿Qué pasa con el acceso a la salud de los migrantes indocumentados? ¿Los gobiernos aprovecharán la contingencia para aplicar políticas migratorias más restrictivas en el futuro?

#CoveringCOVID: Six Recommendations for Disinformation Combat

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March 27, 2020

All of journalism has a role to play as a bulwark against some of these Age of Disinformation effects — from news to documentary, from radio to print, from specialist to general, from legacy to start-up, from interactive to investigative. We’re all targets of disinformation agents and we all have a role in the fightback.

Key Quotes: How COVID-19 is Affecting Infants, Children and Pregnant Women with Dr. Karen Kotloff

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March 26, 2020

Dr. Kotloff said that while children infected with COVID-19 are faring better than adults in countries that have seen widespread outbreaks, it’s too soon to say whether the same will be true in countries where poverty, malnutrition and diseases like HIV and tuberculosis are more widespread. Here are highlight from the discussion.

Conceptos, Fuentes, Tratamientos y Más: Qué hay Que Entender a la Hora de Cubrir la Pandemia de COVID-19

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March 25, 2020

Economía, política, viajes, estilo de vida. No importa la sección. Ahora todo el periodismo cubre, de una forma u otra, el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19. Eso requiere meterse en un terreno que hasta hace poco parecía reservado solamente para el periodismo científico. Implica utilizar conceptos extraños, fuentes nuevas y datos especializados.

Key Quotes: A Talk with WHO Envoy Dr. Samba Sow of Mali on COVID-19

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March 25, 2020

Dr. Samba Sow, a WHO special envoy who helped contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, says the key to fighting the COVID-19 virus is communication with influential local leaders as well as solutions that are adapted to individual countries and communities. 

How Journalists Can Protect Themselves While Covering the COVID-19 Pandemic

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March 25, 2020

Journalism as a public service is vital and doesn't stop. Journalists are still covering press conferences and conducting on-the-ground reporting. How can they protect themselves from contracting the disease?

The Role of Solutions Journalism in Reporting on COVID-19

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March 23, 2020

In the face of constantly evolving information and news about the worldwide pandemic, a solutions journalism approach is not just helpful, it’s essential, Linda Shaw, editorial director at the Solutions Journalism Network, told IJNet. 

Do's and Don'ts of Reporting on COVID-19 — from a Non-Science Background

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March 23, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, journalists around the world are working tirelessly to provide the latest news on the pandemic for their audiences. For reporters who don’t have experience covering health and science news, delivering updates on COVID-19 can be very difficult. 

How Past Health Crises Can Inform Reporting on COVID-19

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March 20, 2020

Journalists around the world are covering a global pandemic, but it's not the first time a health crisis has gripped the journalism world. To learn from past crises, and better approach reporting on COVID-19, we reached out to Thomas Abraham, an academic and former journalist who studies the role of the media in communicating risk and infectious diseases.

A Global Crisis Like COVID-19 Calls for a Global Response. Here’s Ours.

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March 20, 2020

We are rolling out a wide range of resources to help journalists cover this pandemic. Today, we are launching the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum that will connect journalists with some of the world’s top health practitioners, newsroom leaders and other experts, who can answer questions in live video chats. Experts will discuss how to combat misinformation about the pandemic, report safely on COVID-19 and create compelling infographics to relay important information in new ways. 

Looking to Better Serve Your Audience Regarding COVID-19? Read These Tips.

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March 19, 2020

Reporting on the impact of COVID-19 in your community doesn’t just require listening to trusted medical sources. Hearing from your audience is also essential to better understand what content your readers need, want or find missing from existing coverage. By doing so, your news organization can better serve your community, fight anxiety and even help your outlet in the long term. 

Everyone's a Health Reporter Now: Covering COVID-19 on Other Beats

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March 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds more and more countries to a halt, journalists around the world are doing just the opposite. They’re finding a second gear to cover the virus, whether it be live-tweeting personal situations, communicating the latest updates and guidance from epidemiologists, doctors and public health officials, or reporting on the ground from the crisis’ epicenters. News about the novel coronavirus is dominating print headlines, social media and broadcast news.

ICFJ Halts Program Travel and Puts in Place Remote-Work Policy

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March 10, 2020

The safety of our staff, participants and consultants is our highest priority at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). That’s why I have decided to put on hold domestic and international travel until we have a more complete picture of the virus and how far it has spread. In addition, our staff will be working from home until further notice to prevent possible exposure. 

Ten Tips for Journalists Covering COVID-19 Around the World

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March 6, 2020

It’s a journalist’s duty to clearly and responsibly communicate reliable information to the general public. During a global health crisis, like the one we face now with the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, this role becomes ever more critical. 

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Stella Roque
Director of Community Engagement
healthforum@icfj.org