Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Meanwhile, AEJ Belgium recommends thtat you check out the following items:

  • The International Press Institute (IPI) launched – on Tuesday (24 March)  a new web page to track attacks on journalists and restrictions on press freedom amid efforts to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Must-read articles of the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)The psychological toll of coronavirus coverage by Lauren Harris and How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus by Jon Allsop.
  • The Global Investigative Journalism Network has developed a practical guideline with tips for journalists covering the coronavirus crisis.
  • Constructive journalism: News media and especially broadcasters are adapting their slots with often inventive formats showing societal resilience to the crisis. AEJ Belgium recommends VRT Radio 1 ‘We zullen doorgaan’ (We’ll get through this) broadcast every morning between 9am and 12 noon. This is an excellent opportunity to test your understanding of Dutch and to take advantage of the information given, presenting civil initiatives that offer solidarity and practical tips to fight the coronavirus crisis. If you know of other examples of constructive and positive journalism during the coronavirus crisis, please let us know by sharing a link, language and time slot. We’ll be happy to share it with our members.
  • Coronavirus Response webpage this new resource features “regularly updated physical, digital, and psychosocial safety advice from CPJ Emergencies for journalists covering the crisis, available in more than 15 languages. An “ask an expert” section allows journalists and newsrooms to submit questions and get up-to-date advice from CPJ safety experts.” It also includes a safety advisory, which includes advice on pre and post assignment, travel planning, face masks and avoiding infection. 
  • Connect: COVID 19 NewsletterInternews, BBC Media Action, Evidence without Aid and Translators without Borders have come together to produce a weekly bulletin “designed to support busy newsrooms, fact-checking organisations, and non-profits across South East Asia and beyond. We link you with the tools you need to provide your communities with accurate, timely and actionable information 
  • Ethical Journalism Network (Advice) Essential advice reminding journalists of key ethical principles when reporting on Coronavirus, such as truth, accuracy, impartiality and accountability.
  • ICFJCovering COVID-19: Resources for Journalists So many journalists in ICFJ’s 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, andare 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. ICFJ is rolling out a wide range of resources to help journalists cover this pandemic. 
  • IJNET – 10 tips for journalists covering COVID-19 From carefully-chosen headlines to avoiding the use of stereotypes, the International Journalists’ Network pulls together 10 top tips for journalists to take into consideration when reporting on Covid-19
  • Reuters Institute: How journalists can help stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak “Here are 11 tips on how to report on the outbreak from Trudie Lang and Peter Drobac, two public health experts from Oxford University”
  • The WHO media resources . This includes access to live media briefings on Covid-19 in video, audio and transcript formats.Sign up to press briefings here

  • The Role of Media in Covering the COVID-19 Outbreak (Webinar) The IFRC, BBC Media Action, Internews and the WHO participated in a webinar “to give guidance to journalists in covering the spread of the corona virus”.
  • Media Development Investment Fund – MDIF advises on how to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on your media business.
  • Knight Science Journalism: Tips and Tools for Reporting on COVID-19 (Resources) KSJ has complied this list of resources to assist reporters in delivering “clear, accurate information about the pandemic — and report on it responsibly. 

  • IPI – Covid19 Media Freedom Monitoring. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the free flow of news and information is more essential than ever, ensuring open dialogue and the exchange of vital information. IPI is therefore closely monitoring press freedom restrictions in this exceptional situation.

  • The comprehensive Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowd-sourced guide to data, tools, best practices and expert advice that could be used by community leaders and health care professionals, not just journalists.
  • Tracking the numbers. Johns Hopkins University is maintaining a global map and database tracking the spread of coronavirus and deaths that have resulted from it. Our World in Data presents the data and research to make progress against the world’s largest problems. 
  • MDIF’s advice on how to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on your media business is a practical if sobering read (in other languages here, and discussed during this Splice Media online conference last week)
  • A  webinar in French from the Festival de l’Info Locale
  • WAN-IFRA’s Corona Newsroom has analyses and guidance for and from publishers
  • First Draft has an exceptionally well-organised hub for “guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus”, including a free online course for journalists
  • The International Fact-Checking Network has launched a global fact-checking collaboration of over 100 of its members, including grants of up to $50,000
  • GFMD is keeping a running list of useful resources that you should bookmark (and is running a survey for groups affected by the crisis)
  • The DAFNE network has an open Google document listing responses from philanthropy and related stakeholders, and
  • The pooled fund Civitates has one that brings together inputs from its participating foundations and grantees