ICFJ COVID-19 Response

How Journalists Are Helping Tell the Stories of Refugees Amid the Pandemic

Reporters in the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) network have exposed sexual abuse of women refugees in Egypt, covered medicine shortages for migrants in Morroco, and reported on children exploited as beggars in Iraq during the pandemic. Their in-depth reports are part of a joint initiative with ICFJ and the Facebook Journalism Project supporting journalists as they shine a light on the experiences of refugees amid a global health crisis.

Key Quotes: Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

A year after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, vaccines have finally arrived, with the U.S. averaging 2 million vaccine doses administered per day. But the arrival of vaccines also brings an explosion of information — some of it untrue. Dr. Galit Alter, a professor of medicine and a group leader at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, spoke with Patrick Butler, ICFJ’s Vice President of Content and Community, about vaccines.

Paul Adepoju Joins as ICFJ Forum Manager to Help Fellow Journalists Hone Health Crisis Reporting Skills

I’m the new community manager for the English-language Forum. As I begin this journey, I’d like to share how I got here. Even though it has been in the making, COVID-19 certainly propelled things.

Journalists in ICFJ Network Honored for Pandemic Coverage in Five Languages

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is honoring more than 50 journalists for COVID-19 reporting in five languages. Their coverage has explained complicated science, revealed pandemic-related corruption and exposed inequalities that have harmed society’s most vulnerable.

Lessons for Reporting on COVID-19 Variants

As governments around the world roll out COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, new strains of the virus have fueled growing concerns among experts. 

Video Storytelling Spotlights Local Businesses During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has forced newsrooms to either innovate, or be left behind.  At NBCLX, digital teams had to pivot to find a way to carry out their work amid restrictions on in-person reporting. With a bit of creativity, however, they discovered new forms of storytelling that would spotlight their communities’ resilience.

A Year of #CoveringCOVID: Highlights from the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum

We’ve had by far one of the most unexpected and challenging years in history with a global pandemic, and one that’s hit an already struggling journalism industry hard. Despite these challenges, journalists from around the world came together in the ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum to learn from medical experts, epidemiologists, veteran health reporters, fact-checkers and each other to cover what is likely to be the story of the century, a 21st-century pandemic.

Covering Climate Change in 2021 and Beyond

2020 is on track to become the planet’s hottest on record. Experts say the climate crisis could erase the progress made in human health over the past century, and the communities hit hardest by climate change are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Key Quotes: The Pandemic's Effects on Journalism

In early October, IJNet’s parent organization, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University released the preliminary findings of their English-language survey aimed at understanding the pandemic’s effects on journalists and newsrooms. The survey received 1,406 responses from respondents in 125 countries.

Key Quotes: COVID-19 in 2021 — What Can We Expect?

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still unclear when life might return to some semblance of normal.