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Tip sheet on covering coronavirus and more: Updates to our COVID-19 resource page 

From safety tips to HR help, we have new tips on covering COVID-19. INN thanks our members and Reuters, as these tips draw from the webinar Reuters produced for INN and contributions from INN members. 

And we have additional resources available from INN to help cover the coronavirus. Here’s what we currently offer. Updates since last week include resources for photographers, new training opportunities and more. 

Members: Are you interested in working with a health editor? 

INN is evaluating the possibility of retaining an experienced editor or editors to help members who are ramping up the amount of health reporting they're doing, during the current crisis. Please fill out this short survey so that we can accurately quantify the need and scale any possible solutions.

Distribution opportunity: Onboarding to News Break starts tomorrow

We've been approached by News Break, one of the fastest-growing news aggregation sites currently out there. News analytics provider is reporting that the app is driving as much traffic as Twitter to news sites.

Find more details about this partnership on the listserv. If you would not like to participate, please email If you do not opt-out, we will onboard you to News Break, starting April 1.

COVID-19 newsroom resources we like this week, from friends of INN

  • EHRP and the South Asian Journalists Association are joining forces to offer members of the organization grants to report on the impact of coronavirus. To apply, send a brief pitch to
  • The National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis; apply now.
  • Knight Foundation has pledged local funds providing immediate relief in the eight cities where Knight has offices: Akron, OH; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; St. Paul, MN. Contact your Knight relationship officer to learn more.
  • Sign up for feedback about your COVID-19 data story. OpenNews will try to connect reporters with a peer coach who can help to think through reporting and analysis for COVID-19 data coverage.
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  • National Press Photographers Association’s Coronavirus Town Hall on Wednesday, April 1 at 8pm ET will be on working freelance/independently
  • Join INN Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. ET for our Financial Forecasting in Uncertain Times webinar with Halpert CPAs, an accounting firm that specializes in nonprofits and has clients across the US. Topics include: Strategies to preserve cash flow, when and how to talk to your board and funders about your financial situation and perspectives on making tough decisions. Register here.
  • INN’s Reporting insights from Health Editors webinar will be Thursday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Join us for a Q&A with Lynne DeLucia of C-HIT and Rose Hoban of NC Health News on health news reporting + tips and best practices for covering healthcare during the coronavirus crisis. Register here.
  • LION’s webinar, How to manage your local news business in the face of a pandemic, will feature media consultants Tim Griggs and Ryan Tuck to discuss short and long-term moves to protect your business and revenue streams. On Friday, April 3 at 1 p.m. ET, they’ll host this free webinar geared toward small, local newsrooms building digital businesses. RSVP here.
  • INN’s Leadership in Difficult Times Roundtable conversation serves as an informal space for members to share challenges and solutions specifically around leadership. It is open only to INN members and will not be recorded. The roundtable is April 9 at 4 p.m. EST. Members only: Register here.
What are we missing to help you cover COVID-19? Share your needs with us! Journalism foundations, INN and others are tracking needs and looking for resources for you as this develops. Your feedback is, as always, extremely valuable to help us help you.

Opportunities & resources



  • The Persephone Miel Fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center and launched in partnership with Internews, is designed to help journalists from the developing world do the kind of reporting they've always wanted to do and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience. Learn more and apply by April 10.


  • Join Ensia publisher Todd Reubold on April 13 for a virtual conversation with Kendra Pierre Louis (The New York Times), Eric Holthaus (The Correspondent), Amy Westervelt (Drilled News) and Maxwell Boykoff (University of Colorado) focused on what the media gets right — and wrong — when covering critical environmental issues like climate change. Register for free here.
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In Case You Missed It

  • Opinion: Now is the time to abandon most local for-profit newspapers and support local online and nonprofit newsrooms in order to save journalists. 
    The New York Times 
  • Advertising is rapidly declining, even as subscriptions are up: How local news is trying to survive in the time of coronavirus.
    Nieman Lab
  • Philanthropy’s efforts to fund local news are paying off, and likely growing to support local news.
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Without the entertainment of live sports or new movies, Americans are consuming more news than before. 
  • Opinion: “The federal government can do something quite concrete right now: As part of its stimulus plans, it should funnel $500 million in spending for public-health ads through local media.”
    The Atlantic
  • “We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn’t feel that way, and we realize things will be different.” How to deal with the grief of a global pandemic.
    Harvard Business Review
  • Podcast downloads have decreased about 10% since the beginning of March.
  • Nonprofit newsrooms are essential to providing nonpartisan civic news — here’s how families, foundations and more can help support this work.
    Giving Compass

From INN Members

A sampling of the best nonprofit journalism from INN members each week:
This week, we’re highlighting work that sheds light on the coronavirus. If you’re an INN member covering this, please let us know.

Democratic ‘dark money’ groups and super PACs target Trump with multi-million dollar coronavirus ad campaign

“They don’t care:” Families of the incarcerated fear the worst as coronavirus spreads
The Marshall Project

Think you’re isolated during the pandemic? Just ask an addict
Florida Bulldog

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

A likely but hidden coronavirus risk factor: Pollution
Center for Public Integrity / Mother Jones

Membership News

Celebrating member achievements — Congratulations:

To Texas Tribune, North Carolina Health News, ProPublica and MLK 50 for winning 2019 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

To Wisconsin Watch for winning 11 Milwaukee Press Club awards for stories and visuals published in 2019. The awards bring to 88 the number of Milwaukee Press Club awards Wisconsin Watch has won since its launch in 2009.

To Detour Media, ecoRI, El Paso Matters, Madison365, Mission Local and Southerly for being selected in the first round of North American local newsrooms receiving Facebook Journalism Project Community Network grants to support their coronavirus news coverage. 

To Clayton Aldern, data strategist at Grist, and Max Siegelbaum, co-founding editor and reporter at Documented, for being named a Reynold Journalism Institute 2020–2021 fellow.

To FairWarning, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 23.

To Type Investigations, the investigative reporting division of Type Media Center, which has tapped Mark J. Rochester as editor-in-chief

To our members who were selected as 2019 Best in Business Honorees from Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ProPublica, The Center for Public Integrity and PRI’s “The World,” Honolulu Civil Beat, New Haven Independent, The Counter, Reveal and Economic Hardship Reporting Project

Stories that change lives: Impact from member reporting:

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Region Collaborative Manager, Local Media Project
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Business Development Associate 
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