This practical guide helps news organisations respond to the safety challenges created by COVID19 with a focus on the safe commissioning of freelance journalists. 


It provides information and guidance on how to cover the pandemic professionally and in a way that minimises risk, addressing all aspects of assignment planning and safety including crisis management, communications, hygiene and mental health. It also includes best practice around key freelance issues such as accreditation, PPE, insurance and expenses.











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Produced in partnership with Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, Free Press Unlimited, Frontline Freelance Register, International Center for Journalists, International Media Support, International News Safety Institute, International Press Institute, International Women’s Media Foundation, IREXReporters Without Borders, Samir Kassir Foundation and the World Association of News Publishers.





How to ensure maximum planning, preparation and responsiveness in relation to reporting the current Covid-19 outbreak? Includes expert advice and tips delivered by Roger Renni, Senior Security Consultant, and Kane Mortlock, Paramedic in State Emergency, at Key Objectives. 


Experts from the leading manufacturer of PPE show you how to correctly put on and off protective equipment, a crucial aspect to reducing the risk of infection.  

In this webinar, journalists from Hong Kong and Italy shared their experiences covering COVID-19, and journalists who reported on past global outbreaks talk about lessons learned. A public health and a trauma expert also touch on the history of pandemic coverage and caring for mental health during an outbreak. 


Making the World Hurt Less: Enhancing Wellbeing During a Time of Stress

Produced by IWMF

Led by Dr. Katherine Porterfield, this webinar offers a biopsychosocial approach to the stress of the coronavirus outbreak and how to better support yourself during times of trauma.

Journalists' Mental Health

Produced by ICFJ

Covering trauma, whether major international stories or events much closer to home, can also have an impact on those who do the reporting. Panelists: Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University; and Sherry Ricchiardi, Ph.D., co-author of ICFJ's Disaster and Crisis Coverage guide and international media trainer who has worked with journalists around the world on conflict reporting, trauma and safety issues, moderated by IJNet Editor, Taylor Mulcahey.

Self-Care on the Frontline: What Would a Responsible Journalist Do?

Produced by ICFJ

An interview with veteran reporter and journalism educator Elaine Monaghan on the challenges journalists face covering COVID-19, and ways that they can care for themselves while reporting on the pandemic.

Advice for Journalists: Addressing Traumatic Stress in the Era of CONVID-91

Produced by RSF USA and the American Psychological Association

A webinar on stress and anxiety management strategies for reporters covering #COVID19. Reporters Willian Wan of the Washington Post and Naseem Miller of the Orlando Sentinel share their experiences covering the pandemic, as well as other traumatic events. Drs. Lynn Bufka and Vaile Wright, two mental health experts from APA, discuss strategies reporters can use to deal with the anxiety and traumatic stress from covering a crisis like COVID-19. Tip sheets by William Wan and APA. 


COVID-19 Reporting: Ethics and Standards

Produced by WAN-IFRA Media Freedom

Journalists from Spain, the UK and South Africa discuss ways of strengthening ethical reporting as a means of providing essential, accurate public information and examine the media’s role in debunking growing misinformation about Covid-19.

Guests: Anna Johnson, News Director for Europe and Africa, The Associated Press; María Ramírez, Head of Strategy, (Spain); Mia Malan, Founding Editor and Director, The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism (South Africa). Moderated by: Fergus Bell, Co-founder, fathm (UK). Webinar takeaways.

The Day the Pandemic Arrived: Reporting Lessons from America’s First Hotspot

Produced by the Dart Center and Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review

On January 21, the first case of Covid-19 in the U.S. was confirmed in Washington State, and soon Seattle’s journalists found themselves at the center of the coronavirus maelstrom, covering a devastating community outbreak with international consequences while navigating their own safety and ethical concerns. What lessons can Seattle teach news teams in other communities as covid-19 arrives? Guest: Florangela Davila, News Director, KNKX, Seattle. 

Photojournalims and Covid-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

Produced by the Dart Center and Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review

Guest: John Moore, Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent, Getty Images

Filmmaking and Covid-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

Produced by the Dart Center and Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review

Guest: Francesca Tosarelli, independent Filmmaker and Photographer. 


Journalism and Covid-19: Frontline lessons from around the world

Produced by ICFJ

Combating false information, crackdowns on freedom of expression, economic crisis facing the news media,  and the importance of quality journalism. Guests: Maria Ressa (Rappler, Philippines), Branko Brkic (Daily Maverick, South Africa), and Ritu Kapur (Quint, India).


Media Freedom threats and COVID-19

Produced by ICFJ

This webinar features Prof. David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Dr. Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The session was moderated by ICFJ’s Global Director of Research Julie Posetti.

Learning from Past Pandemics: Covering Ebola

Produced by the Dart Center and Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review

Coronavirus is creating unprecedented challenges the globe over, but it’s not the first pandemic of this century. How does Covid-19 compare to pandemics like SARS and Ebola? Guest: Jina Moore, Freelance Writer, Reporter, Producer

Photographing Covid-19 in NYC

Produced by Frontline Freelance Register (FFR)

A conversation between Lauren Walsh, author of the recently published Conversations on Conflict Photography, and Spencer Platt, an award-winning staff photographer for Getty Images, who has been covering the Covid-19 crisis in New York City. Their discussion centers on Platt’s experiences as a photojournalist working in the current epicenter of the pandemic, and addresses physical health, emotional tolls, best practices and ethical concerns.