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National Association of Science Writers surveying reporters' COVID-19 info requests

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In service to the journalism and public information communities, the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) invites those covering the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease pandemic to use the organization's Information Access Database to share their reporting experiences. Our mission is to gather data about reporting on this crisis—and the extent to which government officials and institutions have facilitated the free flow of information.

If you have reported on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit to share your experience in seeking information from governments, corporations, nonprofits, universities, or health care facilities.

Your response will be entered into the NASW Information Access Database—which we are making publicly viewable and searchable over the next several months. NASW is taking this action to increase transparency about information access during this unfolding crisis. Your information will be used in the aggregate unless we contact you for permission to cite and/or quote specific experiences. We acknowledge and respect that journalists' sources who request anonymity must always remain anonymous. We will not request information about confidential sources

The NASW volunteer leadership plans to compile these submitted responses into a public report, shedding light on how today's ecosystem of news reporting and government information is working—or not—during a critical period when timely, accurate science about the pandemic needs to be reported to the public.

A principal mission of NASW is to "foster the dissemination of accurate information regarding science and technology in keeping with the highest standards of journalism." Many working journalists are currently struggling to meet professional responsibilities while guarding their own health and safety. Where possible, NASW encourages all those covering the pandemic—irrespective of reporting beat or outlet—to take a moment and complete this information access survey. Together, these observations will daylight civic lessons from these unprecedented times—and contribute recommendations towards our responsibilities and efficacy as writers.

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