The COVID-19 emergency fund is specifically geared by the Free Press Unlimited to assist media professionals from African countries severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and for emergency situations related to COVID-19.
Freelancers Union's fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19.
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. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models.
The fund is distributing 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. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, the organisation especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues.
UNESCO is the UN agency with a specific mandate to promote “free flow of ideas by word and image”. It welcomes the immense efforts of communication and information communities to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis, including:
- sharing lifesaving information, debunking misinformation,
- strengthening the implementation of the fundamental right to information,
- leveraging the use of public interest media, ICTs and OER for e-learning, and connecting people online.
UNESCO is closely monitoring the impact of this crisis on media freedom, safety of journalists, and the fundamental right to access information.
It includes a collection of examples of actions related to communication and information made available for the purpose of:
- sharing practices,
- identifying priorities,
- facilitating partnerships,
- amplifying good practices,
- providing advice and technical assistance to governments and relevant national stakeholders, and
- fostering North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation.
This “clearing house” provides a non-exhaustive list of illustrative examples. It will continue to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick development of responses.
Some of these initiatives have been led or directly supported by UNESCO. They are labeled with an asterisk (*). Others are implemented by official partners or other relevant stakeholders.