COVID-19: Poynter Resources

Poynter’s mission is to champion the duty of a free press to inform, educate and hold the powerful accountable. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, journalists, fact-checkers, educators and students around the world look to Poynter for best practices in covering the most significant story of this generation. Thanks to donations and grants, Poynter is able to provide more resources, reporting and training for free.

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Covering COVID-19

A coronavirus briefing for journalists from senior faculty Al Tompkins

The Poynter Report

Senior media writer Tom Jones analyzes how journalists cover news

Coronavirus Facts

PolitiFact and MediaWise share fact-checks for the whole family

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Fact-Checking Tools

With Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network, you can see how misinformation circles the globe. Check out the IFCN’s #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance database of 1,000+ fact-checks from more than 45 countries.

Do you need context and clarity around what politicians are saying about coronavirus? PolitiFact’s Scorecard keeps tabs.

Finally, MediaWise‘s teen fact-checkers are debunking viral social media posts and teaching as they go. Follow MediaWise on Instagram so you don’t get fooled by hoaxes or conspiracies online. 

Tips for Journalists

Covering the coronavirus is intense. Here are nine ways journalists can push back against the stress of an always-on story.

When you prepare to translate your notes into your next story, keep these 12 tools in mind to make COVID-19 comprehensible.

Public health crises showcase the public service of journalism. But do news sites have an ethical duty to remove paywalls on coronavirus coverage? Poynter’s Kelly McBride and Rick Edmonds help you figure it out.

Training for Educators and Students

News University has curated an array of resources to assist as you migrate to an online teaching/learning environment. These just-in-time supplements will enhance any virtual curriculum.

Poynter faculty and staff are also available for drop-in virtual teaching. To ask about the availability of our subject matter experts, fill out this form.

Through May 31, 2020, NewsU dropped tuition for all webinars and self-directed courses. If you are a college educator or student, use coupon code 20COLLEGE100 at checkout.

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