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.












COVID-19: Ensuring the Safety of Field Reporters

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. 

Reporting Safely & Ethically on COVID-19
Frontline Freelance Register (FFR)
Award-winning photographer Fabio Bucciarelli – whose extraordinary and intimate work from Bergamo, Italy was recently featured in the New York Times -- draws on his frontline experiences to talk about reporting safely and ethically on Covid-19.  

Donning & Doffing Procedure for Protective Overalls

DuPont | HP Risk Management
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.  

Lessons Learned from Journalists Covering Pandemics

International Women's Media Foundation

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

International Women's Media Foundation

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

International Center For Journalists (ICFJ)

Covering traumatic stories can have an impact on those who do the reporting. In this webinar, Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Sherry Ricchiardi, Ph.D., co-author of ICFJ's Disaster and Crisis Coverage guide who has worked with journalists around the world, explore how journalists can manager the effects. Moderated by Taylor Mulcahey of IJNET.

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

International Center for Journalists (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.


COVID-19 Reporting: Ethics and Standards

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.

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

Dart Center with 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 centre 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. 

Photojournalism and COVID-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

Dart Center with Columbia Journalism Review

A practical webinar with John Moore, Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent, Getty Images

Filmmaking and Covid-19: Ethics, Craft and Safety

Dart Center with Columbia Journalism Review

With guest Francesca Tosarelli, freelance 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 with 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 Conversations on Conflict Photography, and Spencer Platt, award-winning staff photographer for Getty Images, who has been covering the C-19 crisis in New York City. Their discussion addresses physical health, emotional tolls, best practices and ethical concerns.

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