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Take the ICFJ "Journalism and the Pandemic" survey, available in 7 languages

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism have launched a multilingual global survey to map the impacts of COVID-19 on journalism worldwide, and to help reimagine its future.

You can take the survey in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

The English-language survey closes Monday, June 22, 2020. The surveys in other languages will close on Monday, July 13, 2020.

As journalism faces a potential “extinction event,” this survey is urgently needed. So, ICFJ and the Tow Center are asking news organizations, editors, CEOs, journalists and other media workers around the world to complete it. The information gathered from you will be critical — not only to identify challenges, but to help guide the future of journalism in the face of an unprecedented convergence of threats. At the conclusion of the survey, the sponsoring organizations will ask you to rank your needs so that we can help channel efforts to meet them. If you complete the survey, you’ll be eligible to enter a drawing and win one of twenty US$50 Amazon gift cards.

The survey will feed into a yearlong “Journalism and the Pandemic Project,”  which will study:

  • How the pandemic is transforming the business and practice of journalism;

  • What threats to media freedom and journalism safety have emerged with COVID-19, and how journalists and news organizations are responding to them;

  • How journalists and news organizations are experiencing and working to combat the flood of misinformation and disinformation accompanying the pandemic.

The study is part of a broader initiative by ICFJ to provide critical aid to journalists covering COVID-19 as it arguably becomes one of the most important and complex stories of our time.  The privacy of participants is of primary importance to us. If you participate in this survey, any identifying information collected will be accessible only to the researchers involved and it will be stored in a secure database. Survey results will be appropriately de-identified prior to publication, unless you have explicitly opted to be identified. For more information, or to express interest in collaborating as a research partner, please contact the research project’s leaders Dr. Julie Posetti (ICFJ’s Global Research Director) and Professor Emily Bell (Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism) at Fatima Bahja, ICFJ’s research and proposal coordinator, can also be reached at +1-202-349-7638 or A special thanks to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for partnering with us on the journalism safety and media freedom aspects of the Journalism and the Pandemic Project.

ICFJ empowers an unparalleled global network of journalists to produce news reports that lead to better governments, stronger economies, more vibrant societies and healthier lives. Since 1984, ICFJ has worked with more than 140,000 journalists from 180 countries. Our International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) reaches more than 150,000 media professionals each month in seven languages.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, established in 2010, provides journalists with the skills and knowledge to lead the future of digital journalism and serves as a research and development center for the profession as a whole. It operates as an institute within Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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