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In the midst of the biggest international news story in nearly two decades, there are many excellent resources available with tips on reporting and fact checking information about COVID-19.

We’ve started compiling a running post of resources here that we’ll be updating regularly. If you’d like to suggest an addition you can email us or reach out via our Twitter @walkleys.

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Useful factual resources


World Health Organisation


Travel Advisories


COVID-19 updates

Global

Australia

Coronavirus Australia app and WhatsApp chat: coronavirus information and public health advice available through an official app on Google Play and from the Apple App Store, alongside a new WhatsApp feature.

New Zealand

China

Asia

Europe

North America


Statistics, Stories & Data Visualisations


Fact-checking tools


Style Guides


Video chat and webinar tips

  • For those looking at ways to improve digital programming and online projects in the age of cancelled face-to-face events, ArtsHub has some useful information from arts organisations on how to engage audiences with digital experiences, including free or low-cost software for live streaming, webinars and podcasting. Read more here.

Help for thriving in isolation

  • The Guardian’s new regular section The Good Place – a hub for stories “that remind people of the good in the world during these strange and isolating times” – has a wealth of tips for working from home, isolation-proofing your live-in relationships, podcasts to listen to, and Dogs of Instagram working from home.
  • The ABC spoke with experts on maintaining good mental health during long periods working from home, from booking in time away from the desk to scheduling in video catch-ups with colleagues, and ABC Radio has launched new daily podcast Coronacast, with up-to-the-minute information answering your questions about coronavirus from Gold Walkley-winner Dr Norman Swan.
  • The Conversation and The Atlantic have put together clear guidelines on exactly what social distancing means and best practice, while Columbia Journalism Review writes about the psychological toll of coronavirus coverage and news outlets adding to the “signal, not noise”.

Support & funding

  • The Google News Initiative (GNI) has announced the first elements in a global COVID-19 response program for the news industry, with a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund available to small- and medium-sized news organisations producing original content for local communities worldwide. Find out more about eligibility for this program and fill out the simple application form on the GNI website here.Applications close 4.59pm Thursday 30 April AEST. For more info, see the GNI Journalism Emergency Relief Fund webpage, contact jerfund@google.com or watch the online Town Hall event on YouTube here.
  • The Journalists’ Benevolent Fund is ready to help anyone whose income has been cut because of the virus, whether through illness, enforced isolation, workplace closures or carer responsibilities.The JBF offers grants or interest-free loans to journalists, artists and photographers across Australia who are in financial need. The trustees are also keen to receive applications for assistance from anyone affected by the Christmas-New Year bushfires.To seek help, go to nswjbf.org and click on Apply for assistance. Fill in your details and submit them. Applications are always considered promptly and in confidence. More information here.
  • The Judith Neilson Institute (JNI) has launched three new initiatives to support media organisations and journalists during the coronavirus pandemic. The three initiatives will boost funding for freelancers and casual contributors, provide a free news service for Australia’s 450 community radio stations, and help tackle misinformation on COVID-19, including on social media.Media organisations, including regional and independent media, are invited to apply for financial support for freelancers and casual contributors to undertake specific projects. JNI is also allocating funding to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), enabling the CBAA to provide its National Radio News service free of charge for six months and reach a potential 5.8 million listeners each week.And JNI will provide support to RMIT University for RMIT ABC Fact Check, helping RMIT commit additional resources to its efforts to tackle misinformation amidst the deluge of coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about all three initiatives, and how media organisations can apply for financial support for freelance and casual contributors, at the JNI website.

  • The federal government has announced a package of COVID-19 relief measures for Australian media, including spectrum tax rebates and a $50 million Public Interest News Gathering program for regional TV, newspaper and radio businesses. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said “Many Australians are doing it tough right now and the media sector is sharing that pain, especially in regional areas. Broadcasters and newspapers face significant financial pressure and COVID-19 has led to a sharp downturn in advertising revenue across the whole sector.”
  • The Copyright Agency has announced an additional $375,000 in grants to support the media industry’s writers, visual artists and publishers “in the face of the severe challenges they face as a result of COVID-19.” Find out all the details here.
  • Is your freelance pitch calendar looking a little empty for the months ahead? Rachel’s List has started a Google Doc of Australian publishers still commissioning freelance stories during COVID-19 and those currently under a freeze. Take a look and add your own tips here.