Resources for reporting on coronavirus


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Coronavirus coverage: Senior Editor John Sullivan, who is also a reporter at The Washington Post, co-wrote a story about the confusion nationwide because of the government’s response to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus webinar: IRE and the Reynolds Journalism Institute did a webinar last week on where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19 and shared advice for using the data responsibly and in understandable formats for the greatest impact.

Panelists were Jennifer LaFleur of IRW; Caroline Chen of ProPublica; Armand Emamdjomeh of The Washington Post; and Cheryl Phillips of Big Local News at Stanford University.

You’ll find all of IRE’s training resources archived here.

More coronavirus research help: We’ve been hard at work updating The Accountability Project with a variety of data sets that can help inform local reporting on COVID-19, and wanted to let you know what we’ve made available.

We’re also accepting story pitches that leverage data in The Accountability Project, including COVID-related reporting, and have money to help fund your work. Read on for the details. Here’s a list of data sets we’ve recently included in our search function for COVID-19:  
Hospital locations and bed counts, including demographics;
Nursing homes: Location, bed counts, ownership and infection control deficiencies;
Federal contracts and grants from USAspending.
Please go to our data set descriptions for details and documentation on these. We track when datasets go live on the change log page.  

Let us know what other data you’d like to see. You can reach us at Sign up for a logon to access the full data catalog.