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The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has become the front-page news story worldwide. However, the ever-changing situation makes reporting increasingly difficult, particularly for students and freelancers. The following resources provide quality sources, glossaries and context on reporting the COVID-19 pandemic:
Key terms every journalist should know when covering COVID-19 from the International Journalism Network provides a glossary of necessary vocabulary for journalists reporting on COVID-19.
SCIMEX – a breaking science news site for Australia and New Zealand – has compiled a Resources for Journalists section as well as a daily COVID-19 update e-mail for registered journalists. The site is regularly updated with the latest COVID-19 news, research, expert reactions and briefings.
The International Journalist Network has published an array of articles concerning reporting on COVID-19, including Responsible reporting on COVID-19 in the age of social media – which focuses on readers mental health and the risk of misinformation during the first pandemic in the ‘social media age’ – and Tips for early-career journalists during the pandemic.
The International Center for Journalists has published a guide on How to Counter Disinformation and Misinformation about COVID-19 Vaccines as well as Ten Tips for Journalists Covering COVID-19 Around the World
UNESCO has created a Resource Center of Responses to COVID-19 which includes COVID-19 guides on a wide range of areas including risk communication to marginalized and vulnerable people and “myth busters” for public health advice on COVID-19. A downloadable guide of essential glossary and easy-to-read reporting tips are also available.
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has released Reporting and Covid-19: Tips for Journalists, a series of online ‘webinars’ from subject experts and journalists providing advice on reporting during a pandemic.
Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia (JERAA) has released a guide on Responsible journalism in a time of coronavirus.
Poynter has an entire section devoted to COVID-19: Poynter Resources including access to a daily newsletter providing coronavirus briefings from senior faculty Al Tompkins, a variety of fact-checking tools and a selection of tips for journalists.
Solutions Journalism has published Vetting the goods: tips on how to assess evidence for COVID-19 solutions stories which includes an excellent collection of webinar videos on evidence-based reporting, advice on evaluating evidence on COVID-19 and finding data for COVID-19 stories.
The Walkley Foundation has a ‘useful resources for COVID-19 page’ which includes international media and suggestions for guides in both English and Chinese.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network has created a collection of spreadsheets on COVID-19 related data in Investigating the Pandemic: A Guide to Sources of Data under the categories: official international sources, unofficial sources of global data, key national sites, pandemic projection models, and material to understand said models and government responses. “5 Tips To Help Journalists report on Coronavirus Vaccines” draws on knowledge from health care journalist Gary Schwitzer regarding language, tone and angle on vaccine reporting.
Air Media has produced an article on remote recording tips and tricks to assist in both recording remote interviews and creating audio content. The site is US-based however all applications and tools are applicable.