Tips, tools, and funding opportunities for covering coronavirus

Four strategies for identifying and assessing news and information needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Lenfest Institute partnered with The Listening Post Collective to highlight a four-step strategy and create a printable worksheet to help newsrooms identify and create coverage for targeted audiences.

CLEF COVID-19 Community Information Needs Assessment Toolkit

Check out our printable worksheet to help your newsroom develop audience engagement strategies tailored for an era of social distancing.

CLEF announces grants to 20 local newsrooms to support coverage of COVID-19 pandemic

This support will allow newsrooms to produce relevant and differentiated coverage for the public they serve by using tools and consulting designed for this purpose.

Guides and toolkits to help newsrooms report on the COVID-19 pandemic

These tools can help journalists assemble reliable data and information, fact-check government officials, and assist communities adjust to their new socially distant lifestyles. 


Here’s how local newsrooms can make the most of #GivingNewsday with successful fundraising strategies

Our friends at Poynter have compiled a great list of resources to help newsrooms develop campaigns for #GivingTuesdayNow and beyond.

FAQ: What news orgs need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program

Here’s what for-profit and nonprofit newsrooms need to know about the loan program that is part of the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus package.


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$2.5 million Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund to provide support for coronavirus news and information needs

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund was created by The Independence Public Media Foundation, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund to support Philadelphia-area media and other community organizations as they work tirelessly to meet the information needs of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable communities at this time of acute need. Learn more about how the Fund can support your work.


‘All Facts. No panic.’ How The Philadelphia Inquirer is covering coronavirus

Solution Set dug into how The Inquirer has covered the coronavirus, how it has developed new products to meet reader needs, reorganized its news organization in real-time, and how it’s gained financial support even as it brought its reporting outside its pay meter.


400 local newsrooms receive grants to support coronavirus reporting in their communities

In partnership with The Facebook Journalism Project and the Local Media Association, The Lenfest Institute is proud to announce the first round of North American local newsrooms receiving FJP Community Network grants to support their coronavirus news coverage.