Broadcast Resources: COVID-19

Access & Fuel Letters

Access Letter from the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), regarding COVID-19:

It is suggested that you download this letter, add the employee name who will be using it, and print on company letterhead. You may also want to reference the First Informer Broadcaster Act, located on our website here:

The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute has published various articles about covering COVID-19.  In addition, broadcasters can sign up for a free daily newsletter about covering coronavirus.

RJI One-Stop COVID-19 Resource Page

We wanted to pass along this resource from the Reynolds Journalism Institute:

The tips, tools and advice about journalism and COVID-19 have been plentiful. And that’s a great thing. But because they’re flying around the internet in emails, newsletters and blog posts, it can sometimes be hard to find what you’re looking for. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute can help. A one-stop webpage has been created that includes an index of articles, tips, tools and advice all collated by Dorothy Carner, Missouri School of Journalism head librarian, and Sandy Schiefer, the Journalism Research and Digital Access Librarian at the Columbia Missourian Library. The information is there to assist journalists trying to report the news during this period of global pandemic and social distancing.

The resources page contains sections devoted to tips and tools for journalists, information on grants and funding, advice and help for freelance journalists, how to manage your people and your balance sheet through this crisis, resources available through journalism advocates and associations, how to engage with the community, organizations offering funding relief not specific to journalism.

Also available on the site is a list of upcoming RJI webinars presented by Kat Duncan, RJI’s interim director of innovation, as well as links to recordings of past webinars.

Learn more and check out the resource here:

NAB Toolkit

The NAB has developed a great toolkit and PSAs for both Radio and TV stations regarding the Coronavirus. Any broadcast station can air the PSAs, not just NAB members. The PSAs inform audiences how they can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website.

NAB Advocacy Alert: Corona-3: Key Broadcast Provisions

FCC Updates

Sharing Agreements

  • “Temporary Sharing Agreements Precipitated by Breaking News Coverage Need Not be Filed”. Read the full notice here:
  • On March 25th, the Commission addressed the effect of certain local marketing and shared services agreements on station attribution under the FCC’s ownership rules. Typically, under the Commission’s rules such news programming under the terms of these agreements may not exceed 15% of the brokered station’s weekly programming hours. Thus, providing programming in excess of 15% of the brokered television station’s weekly programming hours may result in violation of the Local Television Ownership Rule. In this Public Notice, the Commission clarified that during the period that the COVID-19 outbreak remains a national emergency, individual licensees may request temporary waivers of the Local Television Ownership Rule to provide more news coverage to brokered stations than is currently provided by existing local marketing, shared services, or related agreements if such additional coverage would exceed 15% of their current weekly programming. This should remove another barrier to sharing resources and news production for stations across the country.

Sunshine Law During States of Emergency

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