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COVID-19 and Impacted Communities: A Media Communications Guide is designed to provide journalists and communication professionals the tools needed to ensure accurate reporting and curb any related stigma associated with the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, also known and reported as COVID-19.

This guide explores topics such as:

  • Best Practices for Covering COVID-19
  • Pitfalls to Avoid When Reporting
  • Racism, Scapegoating, and Health Outcomes
  • Scientific and Medical Terms
  • Misinformation and Disinformation
  • Person-Centered Language
  • Resources for Additional Information

We invite you to use this guide to inform your own writing and to share it with colleagues and cohorts that work in media and communications.

The guide was produced by the COVID-19 Working Group – New York (CWG-NY), which was formed in March, 2020, in response to our shared alarm at the delayed implementation of distancing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States (U.S.).

TAG is a member of this group, which is a coalition of doctors, healthcare professionals, scientists, social workers, community workers, activists, and epidemiologists committed to a rapid and community-oriented response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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