The coronavirus is the story of our lifetime. Here are resources, training and funding to help your newsroom tell it

May 14, 2020

Poynter is collecting live coronavirus coverage training opportunities, if you have them, you can share them here. We’re updating this list daily. All times are Eastern Standard.

Remote training:

Funding opportunities

  • The Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 National Fellowship will offer training, grants and mentorship to journalists covering COVID-19.
  • The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information created 10 fellowships of up to $2,500 for professional journalists “experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.” Fellows will create narrative projects “that address, and identify solutions to, persistent problems that interfere with the public’s ability to get information about the workings of government.” Applications close May 15.
  • The Chicago Headline Club and Chicago Headline Club Foundation are offering $50,000 in grants to laid-off, unemployed and under-employed journalists. The grants of up to $500 each are available to journalists in Chicago. You can find out how to apply here.

  • New Mexico Local News Fund has small grants of up to $750 for journalists impacted by COVID-19.

  • Format created The Photographer Fund with grants of up to $500 for photojournalists impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Fund for Investigative Journalism has emergency grants of up to $10,000 for “U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.”

  • Pen America has a Writers Emergency Fund with grants between $500 and $1000 “based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

  • The News and Observer created this guidebook for getting grant funding for journalism and this spreadsheet with a directory of journalism grants in 2020.

  • Reporters from ProPublica put together a microloans for journalists program. 

  • Poynter has collected details on a number of funds raising money for furloughed and laid off journalists.

  • Fourth Estate has relaunched JournSpark “hoping to foster and support at-risk news businesses during the crisis by providing free web hosting, online business support, and software, el news to work seamlessly from home without interruption.”

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shared this on how to access stimulus funding for your small business.
  • Local Media Association just launched the COVID-19 Local News Fund, “democratizing tax-deductible donations to local news organizations through our 501(c)(3) foundation. This program is available for independent and family-owned media companies only.”
  • International Women’s Media Foundation has created the Journalism Relief Fund. The Fund will offer up to $2,000 “to women-identifying journalists in dire straits — journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes.”
  • National Geographic has a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, which will be offering between $1,000 and $8,000 for “local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting.”
  • The Pulitzer Center is looking for grant proposals from newsrooms working together to cover the coronavirus.

Tools and guidance

Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for Poynter.org and writes a weekly newsletter on the transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can subscribe here. Kristen can be reached at khare@poynter.org or on Twitter at @kristenhare.

This article was originally published on April 3, 2020.

This collection of resources is made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.