Journalists are seen in London on April 7, 2020. CPJ recently partnered with groups launching surveys to track the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on journalism. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Surveys seek to understand impact of COVID-19 on journalists

By Courtney C. Radsch/CPJ Advocacy Director on May 13, 2020 8:59 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has partnered with the International Center For Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University on the journalism safety and press freedom aspects of their joint Journalism and the Pandemic Project, which today launched an online survey to track the COVID-19 pandemic’s global impact on journalism.

CPJ has also partnered with the International Women’s Media Foundation, as a member of its online harassment advisory board, on a separate survey assessing journalists’ experiences of online harassment during the pandemic.

Both projects seek to evaluate the challenges faced by members of the press covering the health crisis. As CPJ has documented, journalists have faced censorship, detention, harassment, and the loss of their livelihoods during the pandemic.

CPJ encourages journalists to respond to the surveys and share how the crisis has affected their ability to cover the news safely.

The ICFJ/Tow survey is available here in English, and will be available in the coming weeks in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

The IWMF survey is available in English until May 25 here.