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CPJ Issues Coronavirus Coverage Safety Advisory

The Committee to Protect Journalists has issued an advisory with tips on travel plans and supplies, helpful links, and safety information for journalists on the front lines, and in harms way, when covering the virus from such places as medical or isolation facilities or quarantine zone. 

That step-by-step guide, put together by CPB's Emergency Response team, includes perhaps not taking an assignment if you are in a high-risk category--i.e. over 60 or with an underlying chronic health issue. And given that there have been racist attacks  against "certain nationalities"--Chinese, for one--it says that is "a factor to consider when selecting staff for any assignment." 

And in good advice for anyone, CPJ recommends getting a flu vaccine to prevent confusion over any symptoms that may develop. 

CPJ recommends the advisory particularly to journalists at smaller outlets and freelancers who don't have access to a large news outlet with in-house safety experts.  

The advisory is being published in a dozen languages, including Arabic and Farsi. 

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.