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COVID-19 Updates for Newspapers

ANA staff remains on remote-work status

Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, the staff of Arizona Newspapers Association will remain working remotely pending a sustained flattening of the curve as documented on the ADHS website. Staff will aim to avoid undue interruption in our operations and interactions with members and clients.

We made this page to keep you up to date on news and events affecting our members, the newspaper industry and the news media community due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Make sure to scroll down for resources and announcements. New information is added as we follow national and local updates.

We are committed to continue our support and communications with ANA Members as they serve their communities. If you need to contact any staff member, please email us.

Lisa Simpson
Arizona Newspapers Association
Executive Director
(602) 261-7655, x102

America’s Newspapers and E&P launch coronavirus information site for news industry
America’s Newspapers and Editor & Publisher
Aiming to help newspapers and other news organizations navigate the coronavirus public health crisis, America’s Newspapers and Editor & Publisher have launched Media Virus Watch as an online source for the latest COVID-19 information.

RJI: One-stop webpage with COVID-19 resources
Reynolds Journalism Institute
The tips, tools and advice about journalism and COVID-19 have been plentiful. And that’s a great thing. But because they’re flying around the internet in emails, newsletters and blog posts, it can sometimes be hard to find what you’re looking for. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute can help. A one-stop webpage has been created that includes an index of articles, tips, tools and advice all collated by Dorothy Carner, Missouri School of Journalism head librarian, and Sandy Schiefer, the Journalism Research and Digital Access Librarian at the Columbia Missourian Library.

Fighting the Infodemic: The #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance
Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the novel coronavirus.
The coronavirus is the story of our lifetime. Here are resources, training and funding to help your newsroom tell it
Poynter is collecting live coronavirus coverage training opportunities, if you have them, you can share them here. We’re updating this list daily.

Journalists’ guide to HIPAA during the COVID-19 health crisis
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
RCFP analyzes HIPAA’s ‘Privacy Rule’ to help journalists gain access to important health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have published a legal resource for journalists and public officials that addresses court access, public records, open meetings, and government emergency powers.

Your legal rights: How to respond if police or health officials challenge coronavirus reporting
National Press Club Journalism Institute
Q&A with Mickey H. Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who has been dispensing advice from the start of the outbreak.

Epidemiological models: 10 things journalists covering coronavirus research should know
Journalist’s Resource
When researchers study the transmission of an infectious disease such as COVID-19 or want to make predictions about how it might impact people in the future, they create epidemiological models.
These models can be computer simulations or other mathematical representations of the virus and its impacts. Government officials and public health leaders rely on them to make decisions affecting public health. That’s why journalists covering the new coronavirus need a basic understanding of what epidemiological models can and cannot do and how to explain the knowledge they reveal.
Digital contact tracing and the coronavirus pandemic: 5 studies to know
Governments around the world, including in the U.S., are turning to digital contact tracing to speed up the process. Some digital contact tracing applications that epidemiologists and software engineers have developed alert users in near real-time if they have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19. The two primary purposes of using digital contact tracing are case management and proximity tracking, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus, SARS and Flu Resources
Society of Professional Journalists
Journalists Toolbox – Links to a robust list of organizations, data, and resources.

CPJ Safety Advisory: Digital security during the COVID-19 pandemic
Committee to Protect Journalists
Journalists who are reporting on the spread of COVID-19 are also at risk of being exposed to malware and scams as criminals target people with misinformation and sophisticated phishing campaigns linked to the virus.
These are more of a threat to journalists working without tech support, or using personal devices that have not been secured; personal information could also be at risk if devices in the home are exposed to malware. Read about it.

Short Guide to Reporting Security During a Pandemic
Working with such sources presents a particular challenge in the case of the current pandemic, when most journalists are being forced to conduct all of their work remotely. While these health precautions are crucial, journalists unused to an all-digital reporting process may be unwittingly putting themselves, their sources, and their work at risk in other ways. Read more.

Free content, tools and funding to help your newsroom cover the coronavirus from API
American Press Institute
As newsrooms work flat-out to cover the biggest story of our time, API is highlighting some of the free tools and grant funding that are being developed to supplement newsrooms’ existing resources around coronavirus coverage.

Funding opportunities to support coronavirus coverage
As publishers deal with this new reality, opportunities for funding and the use of tools for free or reduced cost have emerged. We’ve collected some of these here, and we’ll continue to update the list.

Working from home in the age of pandemic
Reynolds Journalism Institute
Working remotely in a normal week is a different proposition than working from home in the midst of a global pandemic. So, let’s accept that the usual tips and tricks will only go so far in this situation.

The Newsroom Guide to COVID-19
Nieman Lab
The goal of this document is to help newsroom managers provide clear, useful guidance to their reporters and editors during a period in which we lack official institutional direction on how best to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Searchable PDF format with jump-to Table of Contents.

Making distributed newsrooms the ‘new normal’
Fathm | News Lab | Media Consultancy | Agency
Even after the coronavirus pandemic is over, it is unlikely that newsrooms will fully return to the way things were. The media consulting company Fathm put together a free guide to harnessing the benefits of distributed work and avoiding its common pitfalls.
The guide is divided into six modules: managing distributed teams, workflows and structures, editorial, training, audience engagement, and technology and tools.

Find COVID-19 response related legislation from across country
Open States
The free resource pulls in legislation, so journalists can easily track and monitor legislation in one spot, which is particularly helpful to those having to report on multiple states, says James Turk, founder and principal architect for Open States.

User Guide: Pulse Research COVID-19 Impact Shopping Survey
Pulse Research & News Media Alliance
This is by no means a complete list, yet here are our strong suggestions to leverage this intelligence now.
You’ll find both general sales ideas, as well as specific suggestions. Don’t forget within the 26,000+ nationwide sample there are multiple regions and 16 states (and counting) with their own subset.

‘It’s Up to You’ vaccine education ad PSAs
News Media Alliance
The News Media Alliance has partnered with the Ad Council to provide free print and digital PSAs for newspapers to help provide important public education about the COVID-19 vaccine.
#AloneTogether Ad PSAs – Ad Council
NMA has partnered with the Ad Council to provide print and digital PSAs for newspapers’ use to help raise awareness about the importance of practicing social distancing during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Small news orgs – How to survive COVID-19
Local Media Association
LMA has launches the COVID-19 Local News Fund
The COVID-19 Local News Fund
is a program administered by the Local Media Foundation (LMF), a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Local Media Association. The purpose of the program is to increase coverage of COVID-19 issues in local communities. This allows independent and family-owned news organizations to solicit tax-deductible community donations to support and increase their coverage of the crisis.
LMA Resources for local media dealing with coronavirus crisis
Check their resource page regularly for curated articles with helpful offerings for local media companies including community coverage ideas, resources for journalists, free offerings from vendor R&D partners, and more.

Free marketing campaign promoting subscriptions
America’s Newspapers
“The surging traffic to local newspaper websites during this coronavirus crisis shows that communities depend on newspapers for accurate and trustworthy information,” America’s Newspapers CEO Dean Ridings said. These PSAs are available to any newspaper free of charge, and in a variety of print and digital formats and sizes. The print ads include space for the name or logo of the newspaper publishing them. Registration is required.

From Wickenburg Sun
Publisher, Jeanie Hankins, shares several templates that her sales reps are using to help businesses get the word out as to reduced hours, delivery service, etc.

Free icons for coronavirus awareness
Together with kind contributors, Iconfinder is giving away more than 200 free vector icons related to hygiene and awareness about the virus spread. The icons can be used for hand-washing instructions, hygiene recommendations, and other initiatives fighting the virus spread. Feel free to add them to signs, posters, flyers, and similar.

Protect Freedom of the Press – Marketing materials
The Free Speech Center
From longtime First Amendment champion Ken Paulson a new free press public awareness campaign tailored to these unprecedented times. There also is a free speech campaign focused toward July 4. Both campaigns are available to everyone courtesy of The Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

Guidance, resources, funding and grants for visual journalists
World Press Photo
We are all in this together. We will continue supporting the conditions that make visual journalism possible and sharing the work of visual journalists to a global audience. The need for visual journalism we can trust has never been greater. Check out their resource page.

COVID-19 Resources for Grantees and Small Local Newsrooms
Democracy Fund
Democracy Fund has been compiling a running list of COVID-19 resources for grantees, partners, small news organizations, and others and wanted to share more publically with the field.
This is a living document compiled primarily by consultant David Plotz, with a focus on operation resources. We are vetting information to the best of our abilities, but every organization has different contexts, insurance coverage, and operational situations. This is meant to be a guide to help navigate the many resources now being shared but please vet specific tips with your own organizations and teams.

Office of the Governor Doug Ducey
Stay current with the governor’s office and COVID-19 updates, programs and newsroom releases.

Arizona Department of Health Services
– Get the latest information about Arizona’s response.
Letter for employers to distribute to employees on how to protect yourself from viral and bacterial illnesses.

State of Arizona – Resources for the Public
Committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re in this together.

For more information about COVID-19 in English or Spanish, dial 2-1-1.
If you need public assistance, email publicassistance@az.gov.

Arizona newspapers: Public Notices statutes, message from ANA executive director
In Arizona, if a newspaper postpones it’s print publication and moves to digital for an any period of time, the Arizona statues are clear that any such postponement could disqualify a newspaper from publishing public notices. It’s imperative to continue publication of your notices as required by law.

Periodical Postal Permits and Public Notices
Continue to visit the NNA Postal Information page for all things postal in the newspaper industry.
The United States Postal Service has advised the National Newspaper Association (NNA) that Periodical permits will not be revoked if a newspaper has to suspend a print issue during coronavirus quarantines.
According the NNA, “Technically, a change in publication frequency requires a change in the permit. But during this emergency, USPS says a letter to the postmaster of the entry office advising USPS of the newspaper’s revised publication plans will be sufficient. The letter should be updated as plans change.” 

COVID-19 Stimulus Updates Affecting the News Media Industry
NMA CEO: We’re Here to Serve You During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Alliance is here to serve you in the best way we can, and we are working to provide accurate and real-time information.

Safety of Delivered Newspapers
World Health Organization and industry experts confirm newspapers remain safe to handle
Society of Editors
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that the receipt of newspapers carries no real risk of catching the Covid-19 virus. The WHO has stated that the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and therefore the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus through receipt of a newspaper is infinitely small.

America’s Newspapers
Webinar materials (dealing with COVID-19 pandemic)
Download the webinar recordings, PowerPoints and key takeaways:

List of podcasts produced by E&P on COVID-19 topics affecting the news media industry. 

Crisis Marketing Resources
In response to the coronavirus crisis, we are offering resources to help tell the story of what happens when companies maintain their marketing and advertising during difficult times. The resources include ongoing research and insights, webinars, video messages, and downloadable slide decks.