We are panic-builders: in times of crisis, we get to work.
This project began as a response to the needs of the journalism community in the hours after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. We believe this community is stronger and more resilient when we support one another, and we hope this project helps you do the work you do best.
- To get through this pandemic, we need solidarity.
- The needs of the journalism community and the needs of the general public intersect and align.
- These needs are best addressed through collective action and collaboration.
We compiled this guidance from both publicly available expert resources and our own reporting. Our aim is to provide full-time staff, freelancers, and newsroom leaders with prompts and information to help keep us—and all those around us—safe, and in doing so to continue the essential work of informing the public during this crisis.
To the extent possible, we are citing the sources we leaned on. We have also been invaluably assisted by health care experts who reviewed this document and gave us their feedback; we’ve noted their contributions in each section.
How to contribute
Add your comments to the Google Docs that power this document, or join the conversation in the #proj-covid19-guide channel in the News Nerdery Slack.
All our spaces (and all contributors) are covered by and subject to our Code of Conduct.
To Roy and all those to whom we owe a future.
In string-reverse alphabetical order:
- Eba Hamid-Rivera
- Tina Ye
- Sisi Wei
- P. Kim Bui
- Stacy-Marie Ishmael
- Ted Han
- Lindsay Muscato
- Carolyn Rupar
- Jennifer Prior
- Ryan Pitts
- Cordelia Yu
Our expert reviewer
Professor, Preventive Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
Vice Chair for Education, Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Department of Preventive Medicine
Division of Biostatistics
And special thanks to
In string-reverse reverse-alphabetical order: