Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Resources

The Alliance has designated this space to share steps being taken and resources on how fellow news publishers are responding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure journalist and customer safety and well-being.

In addition, you will find tips and guidance, statements, articles and other resources that may be useful as you are continuing to work to provide critical news information during the crisis.

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates and additional resources, tools and information as the situation evolves.

Stimulus Updates Affecting the News Media Industry

View Updates

Statement: News Media Alliance Applauds Passage of SBA Affiliation Waiver for News Publishers in New Stimulus

News Media Alliance Applauds Senators for Introducing Legislation to Provide SBA Affiliation Waiver for News Publishers

Statement: House Introduces Legislation to Provide SBA Affiliation Waiver for News Publishers

Statement: Bipartisan Senate Legislation to Provide SBA Affiliation Waiver for News Publishers

Statement: Alliance Applauds Inclusion of SBA Waiver for News Publishers in Fourth Stimulus

Action: Tell Your Representatives and Senators How They Can Support Local Newspapers


Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Support for Local Media Outlets Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Groups Call on Congress to Support Local News, Local Media Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Alliance Summary: Newspaper Relevant Provisions in COVID-19 Relief Bill

January 6, 2021

View Summary 

(member login required)

Alliance Stimulus Funds Guide

March 27, 2020

View Guide 

(member login required)

More: How News Publishers Can Benefit from Government Loan Programs During COVID-19

Advertiser Keyword Blocking of COVID-19 News

Keyword Blocking Around Pandemic Hurts Publishers and Public 

A Clarion Call (Alliance VP, Research & Insights Rebecca Frank via Medium)

Fixing Online Advertising and News: A Matter of Life and Death (Alliance VP, Research & Insights Rebecca Frank via Medium)

Statement: Ad Tech Companies: Stop Journalism-Harming Keyword Blocking Practices

COVID-19 Drives Traffic to News Sites, But Will Publishers Benefit?

News Publishers Deemed “Essential” Businesses During Pandemic

Learn More 

View State/Municipality orders here

More: Letter to Vice President – News Publishers Should be Designated “Essential” Businesses

#AloneTogether Ad PSAs – Ad Council

Download Ads

Latest Alliance Operational Working Group Call

Listen to recording

(Discussion of Ongoing Alliance Activities Around COVID-19, June 2, 2020)

Member login required. See below for previous Working Group calls

News Impact Project: COVID-19 Impactful News Stories

View Stories

How Publishers Are Working to Protect Readers, Journalists During Pandemic

Learn More

WHO Guidance: Package Delivery Safety and Coronavirus

View Guidance 

Related Links

How to Protect Your Mental Health During Times of Crisis

Alliance CEO Statement: News Publishers Perform Essential Function During COVID-19 Health Crisis

Microsoft COVID-19 Tracker

AP makes coronavirus dataset available to all: The Associated Press is offering its COVID-19 dataset for any organization that signs up for a free account on AP used data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, population data and county rural/urban designations to calculate caseload and death rates per 100,000 people.

How to demonstrate trustworthiness with your coronavirus coverage (Trusting News)

Zero incidents of COVID-19 transmission from print surfaces (INMA)

The Coronavirus Is Killing Local News (The Atlantic)

Reynolds Journalism Institute’s COVID-19 Resources for journalists

Alliance Member Communications

WHO Guidance: Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?

The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

News/Media Alliance Survey Reveals Support for AI Companies to Compensate Publishers Learn more