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About the project

By The Newsroom Guide Editorial Team.

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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.

We believe:

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.

The team

In string-reverse alphabetical order:

Our expert reviewer

Richard M. Watanabe, Ph.D.

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: