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Coronavirus: Resources for reporters

Last updated: 9 April 2020

Welcome to First Draft’s resource hub for reporting on coronavirus. We have created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information. It covers: 

  • Newsgathering and verification tools
  • Ethics and responsible reporting guidance
  • A database of debunks of mis- and disinformation
  • Data and information sources
  • A searchable reading list
  • FAQs that journalists may have
  • Links to sign up for video calls on reporting coronavirus


Click through to access guides, tips, links and articles for journalists reporting on the coronavirus.

Searchable archive of coronavirus debunks

First Draft has built a searchable archive of fact-checked mis- and disinformation on coronavirus from around the world. 

As of 16 March 2020 the database collates output from more than 70 organisations sourced from Google’s Fact Check Explorer tool and Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). The IFCN was launched in 2015 as a global collaboration of fact checking organisations. It collectively published more than 800 fact checks about coronavirus in the first seven weeks of the outbreak and continues to publish regular updates on coronavirus misinformation.

The database includes debunks in more than 20 languages which are searchable in English. We will be adding translations from a range of further languages. This software is in its alpha phase. Users may experience errors and bugs and we will be adding further features and functionality in the near future.

The search allows the use of boolean operators, eg using AND to find information that includes both of two keywords. Simply enter your query in the box below. 

Check the database




Coronavirus reading from around the web

A searchable collection of links to the best articles and resources for journalists covering the coronavirus curated by the First Draft team.