EDITOR’S NOTE: The resources on this page are also being archived here.
How to Find Public Health Records During a Pandemic
Helpful guide from David Cuillier of SPJ and the University of Arizona.
Government organizations and data sources
NY Times Graphics: Tracking the Global Outbreak
Includes data for each state.
Imperial College London: COVID-19 Reports
Studies and data from the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Diseases.
The COVID Tracking Project “collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. We attempt to include positive and negative results, pending tests, and total people tested for each state or district currently reporting that data.”
For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.
Big Local News: COVID-19 Case Mapper
Stanford University’s Big Local News, Pitch Interactive and the Google News Initiative teamed to create this tool that makes it possible for local journalists and others to easily embed up-to-date coronavirus map. The map offers state and county views, with a simple interface for embedding on a site. The numbers behind the map automatically update, pulling in data collected daily and made public by The New York Times. The goal was to make it easier for local journalists to push out the case numbers without having to spend a lot of time on it. Example of its national map and data:
ProPublica Database: Tracking Federal Purchases to Fight the Coronavirus
he federal government is spending billions of dollars to combat the coronavirus, and spending shows no sign of slowing down. Explore who the U.S. is buying from, what it’s buying and how much it’s paying.
GIJN: Researching Government Contracts for COVID-19 Spending
A detailed guidebook on where to look for information, tracking performance, what to look for in the contract and other sources of information. Also watch >this webinar on the topic.
Coronavirus Country Comparator
Based on data collected by the CSSE of John Hopkins University, this new tool from the Medialab makes it possible to compare the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in the various affected countries. Some very interesting ways to filter data (by population ratio or number of daily cases).
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
University of Washington compiles data on causes of death, hospital bed availability and more.
Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network
Data, endemicity maps, detailed notes and more than 975 references from reputable sources. Includes detailed descriptions of clinical and lab findings, therapy notes, imaging studies and risk groups.
GlobalEpidemics.org: Key Metrics for COVID Suppression
Data from Harvard’s Global Health Institute and Microsoft.
CDC: Social Vulnerability Index
Assigns counties a score from 0 to 1, based on factors that make communities more vulnerable to disasters including outbreaks of infectious disease — including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing.
COVID-19 Racial Data Tracker
State-by-state data available in table and .CSV format. Provided by the American Press Institute.
Information is Beautiful: Coronavirus Infographic Datapack
A great set of visuals based on reliable data. Good place to go for ideas for your visualizations once you’ve pulled data.
Stat: COVID-19 Drugs & Vaccine Tracker
Keep up on drugs and vaccines under development. Note that the site is sponsored by Johnnson & Johnson.
Pandemics Explained Map: How Severe is the Pandemic Where You Live
Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, Covid-Local, CIDRAP and many others join forces, launched this COVID Risk Level map and COVID suppression guidance for policy makers and the public.
A repository of searchable documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic obtained through state open-records laws and the Freedom of Information Act. Click on a state on the interactive for details about the document sets available and news coverage that have used those materials.
How to Find Public Health Records During a Pandemic
Helpful guide from David Cuillier of SPJ and the University of Arizona.
Coronavirus News Monitor
Dashboard full of data on the virus.
Links to COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data by State
Spreadsheet of states offering number of cases, deaths, etc. by state.
COVID-19 Projections Using Machine Learning
A data-driven approach rooted in epidemiology to forecast infections and deaths from the COVID-19 /coronavirus epidemic in the US and around the world.
DOMO: Coronavirus Tracker Dashboard
Stay up-to-date with valuable coronavirus (COVID-19) data summarized by confirmed cases, geography, testing and treatment, projections, and economic impact. Pull data and embed charts and graphics.
Associated Press: Coronavirus Datasets
Datasets are free and available to all.
Data Drum: COVID-19 Data
Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention. Also available as a mobile app.
Built by Dylan Freedman using data off USAFacts, this map is zoomable and shows county and state data as well as hot spots.
Breakdowns by country. Cases, recovered, etc.
91-Divoc: COVID-19 Data Visualizations
A project to explore the global growth of COVID-19. Updated daily at the University of Illinois. Toggle between linear scale and logarithmic scale.
ProgrammableWeb: COVID-19 Developer Resource Center
The latest coronavirus APIs and related coverage.
COVID-19 Mobility Data Network
A network of infectious disease epidemiologists at universities around the world working with technology companies to use aggregated mobility data to support the COVID-19 response. Our goal is to provide daily updates to decision-makers at the state and local levels on how well social distancing interventions are working, using anonymized, aggregated data sets from mobile devices, along with analytic support for interpretation.
See COVID data and risk level for your community. All 50 states. 2,100-plus counties. Built by a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts, and public policy leaders working to provide disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S.
Trustworthy COVID-19 Sources for the Public
Curated list of tools by country.
A project from Google, Axios and Schema that visualizes COVID-19-related searches.
Google: COVID Data Mobility
Tracks how far people are moving by country, state and county. Available only as a pdf now but could be helpful for tracking if you area is honoring shelter in place.
COVID Near You
Crowdsourced site from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. Tracks testing and other data by ZIP code.
Gathering COVID-19 Resources Trello Board
Organized by Andrew DeVigal at the University of Oregon, this is a deep index of COVID-19 resources organized by topics.
ProPublica: Tool to Look up how Patients with COVID-19 Could Affect Hospitals in Your Area
For local reporters, this data can be a helpful starting point for writing important stories about the challenges facing your health care system. How to use the tool.
Create customizable graphics you can share. Pulls data from Johns Hopkins.
IJNET: Key Terms Every Journalist Should Know When Covering COVID-19
A great science and medical glossary from the International Journalists’ Network.
COVID-19 Resources for Local News
A mega-Airtable that Mark Glaser created with #COVID19 Resources for Local Journalists, with tabs for Grants, Resource Guides, Webinars, Racial Equity and much more.
Public Health Emergency
From the Department of Health and Human Services.
COVID Exit Strategy: Tracking Our COVID-19 Response
A group of public health and crisis experts, some with experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It’s a non-partisan group, having worked across multiple administrations. They built the site to track each state’s progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Public Health COVID-19 Expert Database
Request information from public health experts with backgrounds in epidemiology, infectious disease, nutrition, vaccine supply chains, health systems and behavior change. Our team fields questions from journalists and fact-checkers, and publish our content in the languages that our partners need access to. We provide context, summaries, and responses to key COVID-19 topics and questions quickly.
Reporting the Science of COVID-19
From the New York Academy of Sciences.
Great site for datasets on coronavirus and many other topics.
Novel Coronavirus Data Graphic
Developed by data analyst Vinicius Neves of Brazil using Johns Hopkins data.
Tips and resources for public safety during outbreaks.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Data and operations policies on how prisons are handling the outbreak.
Florida Community Coronavirus Dashboard
Built and maintained by the public health official in Florida who was fired for posting it.
FiscalNote: Coronavirus Updates & Resource Center
Tracks coronavirus legislation by state, includes interactive map.
National Nurses United: COVID-19
Has articles on safety and some advocacy for nurses.
Works like Google Trends but also shows you how many articles are written about each term, as well as top publications and journalists covering each topic. Good for tracking coronavirus coverage.
Cleveland Clinic: Coronavirus Video Resources for Media Outlets
Need b-roll? Access sound bites from Cleveland Clinic experts.
COVID-19 US State Policy Database (CUSP)
A collection of hundreds of state-level executive orders and mandates touching on subjects ranging from stay at home orders, day care policies, abortion access, out-of-state quarantine policies and much more. They’ve categorized each policy and when each went into effect/was sunset.
COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
This map from Georgia Tech shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location (assuming 10:1 ascertainment bias). The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least 1 COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event. Choose an event size. Use the drop-down menu to choose a county you would like to zoom in on.
Content initially compiled by Julie McMurry, masters degree in public health from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as a background in infectious diseases and vaccine development. She is currently an assistant professor (senior research) at Oregon State University in the College of Public Health.
COVID-19 US State Policy Database
Built by Julia Raifman, an assistant professor of health law and policy at Boston University.
COVID-19 Relief Funds
A database of relief funds from around the world.
COVID Accelerator is a community that brings together people and ideas with resources to move forward. We’ve got to work together to get ahead of this fast-moving virus.
TrialScope is a “global leader in clinical trial disclosure and transparency; our customers are responsible for more than 40% of industry’studies registered on CinicalTrials.gov and EudraCT. Its trial protocol and results disclosure experts – one of whom leads the industry’s Drug Information Association(DIA) global working group for disclosure – can shed light on global clinical trial disclosure regulations.” In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, their insights lend a unique perspective around pharmaceutical transparency and ethics.
COVID-19 Solutions Journalism Exchange
Solutions coverage of COVID-19 to republish in your news outlet under a Creative Commons license.
HiGeorge is a UC Berkeley-backed data journalism platform that provides data-as-a-service for newsrooms. We create ready-to-use, interactive data visualizations so that all news publishers can better leverage the world’s data. We recently launched our daily COVID-19 dashboard, which automatically updates every day, can be localized to any community/region and can be customized to meet each publisher’s specific requirements. It is one of many tools dedicated to helping newsrooms supplement their existing reporting and further reader understanding. Our COVID-19 dashboard can be found in San Francisco’s Mission Local and Brooklyn’s BKReader, among other publishers.
Storybench: Roundup of Coronavirus Resources
Dozens of helpful tools from Northeastern University.
Reddit: Curated List of Coronavirus Datasets
Be sure to fact-check closely.
The GDelt Project
Quantifying The COVID-19 Public Health Media Narrative Through TV & Radio News Analysis.
Track travel warnings and updates for the Coronavirus. Warnings appear at the top of the page in red.
Helpful for tracking price gouging and finding sources to talk about it.
San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus Tracker
The Chronicle is mapping every confirmed coronavirus case in Northern California.
COVID-19 Law Lab
Collecting legal docs from the COVID-19 response.
Coronanet Research Project
Tracking government responses toward COVID-19
These videos were created by the SPJ Education Committee. Here’s a playlist of all of its training videos.
Journalism organizations and tipsheets
National Association of Broadcasters: Coronavirus Response Toolkit
Tools and resources to help stations accurately cover this issue and prepare for the impacts on your staff, community and business.
The Newsroom Guide to COVID-19
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.
The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma: COVID-19 Reporting
Resources include guides, tipsheets, advisories, best practices, and advice from experts on interviewing victims and survivors.
Public Media, Accessibility and COVID-19
How have public media provided accessible information about the coronavirus pandemic for people living with disabilities?
RTDNA: Guide to Using COVID-19 Data
Some great tips on handling datasets, accuracy, etc.
Knight Foundation: Three Ways Local News Initiatives are Serving Crucial COVID-19 to News Deserts
Mark Glaser writes about engagement collaborations, texting platforms, community media are trying to reach people in underserved communities where journalists are scarce.
RTDNA: How Coronavirus Impacts Local TV Newsrooms
Survey and study by Bob Papper, an Adjunct Professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and has worked extensively in radio and TV news.
Committee to Protect Journalists: COVID-19 Thread
Many resources available in this Twitter thread.
CUNY Newmark School: 4 Post-Pandemic Trends to Watch in Journalism
Jenny Choi outlines four highly probable changes coming to the industry.
Institute for Nonprofit News: COVID-19: Resources for Nonprofit Newsrooms
Trainings, financial support, tools and more.
Reporters Without Borders: Tracker-19
Map and newsfeed of coronavirus and COVID-19 news.
Ethical Design Recommendations for COVID-19 Visualizations
Great tips from Katherine Hepworth, associate professor of Visual Journalism, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting: Coronavirus Coverage
Impact on ag and food supply chain.
API: Free Resources for Newsrooms Covering COVID-19
Includes a list of grants and loans for newsrooms and individuals.
CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the Coronavirus Pandemic
Facemasks, cleaning equipment, digital security and more.
CJR: COVID Cutback Tracker
Tow Center database tracks COVID’s impact on the industry
Freedom Forum Institute: Project PowerShift Resources on COVID-1
Links, resources and video from a panel discussion tailored to journalists.
Journalist’s Resource: Epidemiological Models: 10 Things Journalists Covering Coronavirus Research Should Know
Great tips from Harvard organization.
Center for Media Engagement: 5 Research-Based Coronavirus Coverage Tips for Your Newsroom
From the University of Texas.
SEJ: Preparing to Cover Public Health Emergencies
From the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Education Writers Association: Coronavirus Story Ideas
Story ideas for education reporters covering the effect of the coronavirus on education. This list is updated weekly.
Education Writers Association: Coronavirus Coverage
Tracks education coronavirus coverage from around the country, updated daily.
Solutions Reporting Resources on COVID-1
Dozens of links, tools, tipsheets and video from a webinar about the topic.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Journalists and You
From Carter Health’s MentalHealthJournalism.org.
How Journalists are Working Together to Cover the COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Center for Cooperative Media.
SciLine: COVID-19 Resources for Reporters
Quotes from experts, tipsheets and media briefings.
Run by Amy Webb, a place for futurists (and futurist-adjacents) to discuss scenarios and future states in the coronavirus era.
Coronavirus Tech Handbook
A crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak initiated by The London College of Political Technologists at Newspeak House.
Pandemic Field Reporting Safety
National Press Foundation Tracking COVID-19 Misinformation Tool
This National Press Foundation tool, created by Dr. Joe Smyser of Public Good Projects, tracks trending stories and themes from a list of websites identified by third party fact-checking sites (such as NewsGuard and Poynter) as known to share misinformation – updated daily.
Latam Chequea Coronavirus Project
Unites 28 fact-checking organizations from 16 Latin American countries and Spain, aims to help journalists and checkers to cover coronavirus so they can find reliable information more quickly and simply.
IFCN: Coronavirus Fact-Check Database
The IFCN created a database that gathers all the falsehoods that have been detected by the Alliance. You can sort, filter and search for content. The database will be updated regularly to include new publications by fact-checkers.
The Coronavirus Disinformation System – How it Works
Video from Bellingcat and Newsy.
Infodemic: Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mike Caulfield, a digital information literacy expert working at Washington State University Vancouver, has a great news literacy site targeting coverage of the pandemic.
The Open Notebook: Covering the Coronavirus Effectively Without Spreading Misinformation
Great tips from Laura Helmuth, the health and science editor for The Washington Post.
Media coverage/social media
Washington Post: Coronavirus
Coverage home page includes a map, stories, data page and more.
LA Times: Coronavirus Pandemic
Full coverage from the LA Times.
The Economist: Graphic Detail Blog
Great data viz examples of coronavirus coverage.
CNN COVID-19 Resources
Search by ZIP code.
CNN: Coronavirus Explained
A good Q&A covering the basics.
Financial Times: Coronavirus Tracker
Updated graphics and data.
Voice of America Coronavirus Coverage
Real-time maps and more.
Medium: List of Coronavirus Posts
Be careful as not all posts are vetted or edited.
Social Journalism: Engaged Journalism and COVID-19
Great post by CUNY’s Carrie Brown.
Twitter List: COVID-19 Coverage
List compiled by Jeff Jarvis of CUNY.
Facebook CrowdTangle: COVID-19
Media coverage from all over the world as well as some random posts from public pages.
Sree’s Daily COVID-19 Call
Video conversations organized by Sree Sreenivasan about coronavirus-related topics. He has some great guests on to talk about framing coverage, etc.
CrowdTangle: COVID-19 Live Displays
Track info on the virus and disease on Facebook and Instagram.
ProPublica: Steal Our Stories
Take COVID-19 coverage under a Creative Commons license.
Student Media Resources
List of Student Media Covering Coronavirus
List of media, dedicated pages and details of what they’re covering. Organized by Michele Day at Northern Kentucky University.
1918 Pandemic Resources
Forbes: Disease Hot Zones
A handy chart showing what countries are dealing with certain lethal diseases.
The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist’s resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM’s server to the user’s server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket’s primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world’s leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters.
Access a database of more than 4,000 English-speaking doctors in 180 countries.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Government site, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Google Flu Trends
Maps and other tools for tracking the flu. Uses aggregated search to track the flu.
Flu Shot Locator
Type in your zip code and find where to get a shot.
Works similar to flu finder. Nice image map of the U.S.
This site “brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.” News archives, press releases, research, etc.
A good government health news clearinghouse site. Takes feeds from several departments and agencies.
Health Law Prof Blog: Swine Flu
Articles, links and other helpful information on the outbreak.
New York Times Health Guide: The Flu
Tips on dealing with the flu and new outbreaks, definitions, etc.
Be careful with the accuracy of information found on these tweets.
Facebook: Swine Flu
One of several Facebook pages on the topic.
Updates from the federal government on the pandemic.
Note: We’ve moved the miscellaneous medical/health resources to a new page.