COVID-19 has forever changed the world. During these perilous times, it is imperative that those tasked with providing the populace with information do so in a manner that does not promote further fear and harm. Journalists and communication professionals have a social responsibility to provide accurate, well-sourced information, data, and perspectives, as free as possible from bias. Speaking to sources who are among those most affected by the pandemic, including those whose communities have the highest rates of infection and death, will bring important perspectives that are often overlooked.
We, the COVID-19 Working Group – New York (CWG–NY), aim
to provide journalists and communication professionals with a guide to ensure accurate reporting and to mitigate stigma associated with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the associated disease COVID-19.