ICFJ COVID-19 Response

Beyond Fact-Checking: Fighting the Onslaught of COVID-19 Disinformation

To fight the COVID-19 “disinfodemic,” journalists must move beyond simply debunking the false information spread online, three experts said during a webinar this week. 

Key Quotes: COVID-19 and Reporting on Communities of Color

The pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities and communities of color around the world, panelists said in an ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum webinar on Monday.

Key Quotes: Health Crisis at Home — Reporting on Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence and abuse is the leading public health issue around the world, with research estimating that one out of every four women will experience harassment or abuse. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and lockdowns and quarantines around the world, advocates worry that gender-based violence is on the rise — even if the number of reported incidents remains low. 

Audience Engagement in a Time of Social Distancing 

Audience engagement and service journalism—well-researched, advice on practical matters — are taking on new importance and driving change in newsrooms during the global COVID-19 pandemic, three engagement editors said during a webinar this week hosted by ICFJ and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University

Key Quotes: Photojournalism in the COVID-19 Era

Covering COVID-19 is often an exercise in explaining statistics: How many people are sick? Unemployed? What is this week’s death rate? But photographers are showing us the human face — and cost — of the pandemic. 

Journalism & the Pandemic: Threats to Media Freedom & Safety During COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads in waves around the world, “a vast array of threats” to journalists and press freedom are also proliferating, said Courtney Radsch, advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Three Ways Large Media Companies are Innovating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic is putting the journalism profession's ideas about digital news innovation to the test, said New York Times National Editor Mark Lacey.

News and Mental Health: What Journalists Should Know

The physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is widely known, but what is the toll on mental health -- and how can journalists better cover it?

Key Quotes: Lessons Learned from Reporting on the Pandemic in New York

From a coronavirus hot spot to police brutality and street protests in Minneapolis, CNN national correspondent Miguel Marquez has covered the major stories upending American life during the first half of 2020.

Key Quotes: COVID-19’s Effects On Freelancing — and its Future

Freelancers are at the core of journalism as we know it. But as the COVID-19 pandemic leads to budget cuts at almost every level, freelancers are struggling to find work. Without the support of an organization behind them, many freelancers have become responsible for their own safety and wellbeing, at a time when both are being threatened.