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COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Journalists

National Geographic Society-COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Journalists

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COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Journalists

  • As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities.
  • Additionally, this fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it.
  • Furthermore, this fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of the content may be created.


  • The National Geographic Society seeks writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers. Also, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding.
  • Journalists should seek placement of this work within their local media ecosystems. Also, they must attribute their support to the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists.
  • National Geographic Society or National Geographic Partners may also choose to publish some of this work as part of its global coverage.


For the COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Journalists, reporting may cover any aspect of the virus and its fallout, including but not limited to

  • Social consequences of COVID-19 and measures to contain it. Particularly related to equity—such as its impact on immigrant communities, domestic violence, and early childhood education.
  • Additionally, stories of resilience and solutions that could be applied on a regional or global scale.
  • Novel forms of data visualization or science communication to help communities better understand how to protect themselves.
  • Also, lessons learned from the local response(s) to COVID-19 that could be applied to other large-scale challenges, such as climate change or the refugee crisis.
  • Furthermore, best practices of how educators, students, and schools are reacting to this crisis.

Priority Community

  • Those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus, indigenous communities, immigrant or refugee communities. Also, underserved, urban, rural, elderly populations, and children.


  • The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting.
  • Additionally, beyond reporting on medical and physical health-related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues.
  • Furthermore, narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers. However, ultimately, it must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.

To Apply


Type of Opportunity Internships
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerNational Geographic Society



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