covid public info
Documenting COVID-19 project and MuckRock join together to expand public records journalism with partner newsrooms
Launched in April 2020, the Documenting COVID-19 project has filed thousands of public records requests and partnered with newsrooms around the country to report out critical accountability stories of the pandemic. Now the effort is expanding even further with MuckRock.
Building on COVID Public Info, we’re excited to announce that we’re combining efforts with Documenting COVID-19. The project, based out of Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation, is similarly working to use public records to build a shared repository to benefit newsrooms around the country.
As part of our ongoing COVID Public Info collaboration, we’re hosting a free webinar this Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern detailing how to read local medical examiner data. RSVP today and register for future updates.
Requests to all 50 states show massive PPE order backlogs remain, even as federal programs wind down
For months, governors across the country have put in requests for more protective equipment for healthcare and other frontline workers. Despite federal assurances that equipment shortages were in a better place, many orders remain unfilled.
As part of our ongoing COVID Public Info training series, we’re excited to host Julia Raifman and Kristen Nocka to discuss their work and findings from COVID-19 US state policy database (CUSP), a project to obtain and analyze as many state-wide emergency orders and mandates as possible. Here are resources referenced during the discussion, as well as ways to get future updates from COVID Public Info.