Delivering Vital COVID-19 Information Around the Globe

Delivering Vital COVID-19 Information Around the Globe

Information Saves Lives

At the onset of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, Internews recognized that information providers – arguably the most vital defense to the disease – were under threat.

As journalists scrambled to cover the impact of the coronavirus, they grappled with a bitter irony: demand for information soared, but the business model funding media was in continued collapse.

Furthermore, many governments use the pandemic to justify suspending human rights, elections, and checks on their power – making the work of independent media more important than ever.

The work of Internews – to support and grow local, trusted, accurate sources of information – has never been more needed. We responded by launching new programs and redesigning existing projects to meet information needs on the ground.

A snapshot1 of our response from April to June 2020:

Globe - 57

Internews provided support directly related to
COVID-19 in 57 countries.

Different language scripts - 110

Internews supported the production of COVID-related information in 110 languages.

Our partners in more than 100 countries include media outlets, internet freedom advocates, fact checkers, media literacy trainers, social media influencers, lawyers and technologists. From April to June 2020, Internews supported:
1378 organizations that produce COVID-19 information - 1130 media outlets - 248 civil society orgs259 media outlets on business sustainability during the pandemic
Internews’ Rapid Response Fund received and reviewed more than 1,000 applications. We disbursed $186,900 in grants for work on COVID-19 information between April and June, with more funds disbursed through September.

Webinars - 138

Our program teams hosted 138 webinars
on COVID-19 topics...

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...attended by 7,707 people

87% of our projects pivoted activities in response to COVID-19

87% of our projects redesigned activities in response to COVID-19

Pie chart showing 74%

of projects adapted in-person gatherings (conferences, forums, roundtables, etc) to an online space

Pie chart showing 70%

of projects adapted in-person training modules (on any topics) to deliver as distance learning

Pie chart showing 44%

of projects provided a learning resource of any kind (webinar, guidelines, toolkit) on COVID-19 topics

Pie chart showing 38%

of projects provided grants or funding to support recipients’ COVID-19 topics

Pie chart showing 52%

of projects provided mentoring or training on COVID-19 topics

Pie chart showing 15%

of projects pivoted in other ways

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1 Data was collected internally by Internews’ Global MERL team in August 2020, representing activities conducted by approximately 80% of Internews projects in the 2nd quarter of 2020 (April 1-June 30, 2020)

(Banner photo: In a Dushanbe market, news outlet Vecherka distributes a special edition of the news. Credit: USAID Central Asia/Flickr)