COVID-19 Resources

Gain insights through COVID-19 related tools, trends, and guides.

Pandemic resources for newspapers at

Who died today? How many people have we lost? How can I remember and honor them safely? These are just a few of the profound questions Americans now find themselves asking each morning as we turn to the daily news. To help our local news partners answer these questions, Legacy offers a wide variety of expert resources.

Sydney Morning Herald launches “Good News” initiative to balance pandemic content


Responding to a desire for more than the difficult news coming from the pandemic, team members at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, and WAToday created the Good News initiative, centered around The Good News Group on Facebook.

2020 World Press Freedom Index: “Entering a decisive decade for journalism, exacerbated by coronavirus”

Reporters Without Borders

The 2020 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), shows that the coming decade will be decisive for the future of journalism, with the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting and amplifying the many crises that threaten the right to freely reported, independent, diverse and reliable information.

Fee relief to support our news partners during COVID-19


Google announced today they are waiving ad serving fees for eligible news publishers globally on Ad Manager for a period of time.

Study: Auto Shoppers Embrace a New Normal During Pandemic


Adtaxi announced the results for its Coronavirus and Automotive consumer survey. Check out what consumers are looking for when it comes to buying a car during these uncertain times.

TownNews: Coronavirus Resources


TownNews is doing the following to help their partners during these unprecendented times:

  •  “Support Local Journalism” module with 100% of the donations go directly to their partners

  •  “We’re open” & other vertical guides to promote local businesse

  • Created a Virtual Graduation module (small set up fee)

  • Webinars & Best Practice Articles 

US Local Newsrooms Can Now Apply for the Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund


Applications are open for the FJP COVID-19 Local News Relief Grant Program until April 24, 2020. Watch our webinar explaining how to apply and understand eligibility criteria below.

Journalism emergency funds around the world


Based on the evidence of lost income and an inability to pay essential living expenses, we anticipate a great need for support within our global network of news publishers and members. To support them during these challenging times, we have compiled a list of journalism emergency relief funds available both globally and regionally. This work is in progress but we hope that this preliminary mapping will help our global members community in the short term.

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TownNews: CoronaVirus Resources


TownNews has created a few tools to help partners during these unprecedented times:

  • Creation of a “Support Local Journalism” module.  100% of the donations go directly to our partner.

  • “We’re open”, and other vertical guides to promote local businesses.

  • Created a Virtual Graduation module. (small set-up fee)

  • Webinars & published best practices.

Journalism Emergency Relief Fund


Google has launched a global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund through the Google News Initiative to support small and medium-sized news organizations producing original news for local communities - please see eligibility requirements. The Fund’s aim is to support the production of original journalism for local communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating globally, it will provide an easily-accessible route to financial assistance at this critical time.

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

News Media Alliance

The Alliance’s Stimulus Updates portal provides multiple resources dealing with the stimulus package, including the Alliance Stimulus Funds Guide, a members-only detailed overview of the CARES Act (member login required), but here is a short summary of the important provisions of the CARES Act.

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