The Ohio News Media Association has created this page to centralize resources about the COVID-19 outbreak for our member journalists. If you don’t see the information you need on this page, contact the ONMA’s Jason Sanford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONMA has created a member-only Slack, which allows Ohio’s editors and journalists to connect and communicate with each other. To request access, enter your email address here.
This Slack allows information to be shared quickly among Ohio's journalists on topics such as this outbreak. People can use the Slack through their web browser or by downloading the app to their phone, tablet or desktop.
House Ads and PSAs
ONMA has created a house ad about how Ohio newspapers are responding to COVID-19 and how we're working to keep our communities informed. Feel free to run this ad in your paper.
ONMA is also sharing a series of print and digital public service announcement ads which members are free to use. The ads each highlight one of the actions recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 along with managing the associated stress related to this pandemic.
The ads allow ONMA members to drop in their own logos and are available in both print and digital formats. We encourage our members to run these ads to help keep their readers informed and healthy.
Thank you to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association for originally creating these PSAs.
Resources for Businesses
Under the recently passed Federal stimulus, companies and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees are able to go into any FDIC bank and take out a loan equivalent to eight weeks of their prior average payroll, There are no payments on that loan for six months and if the business maintains its workforce the government will entirely forgive the portion of the loan spent on payroll, benefits, utilities, rent, mortgage payments, or other debts. The key to receiving this benefit is to not lay off employees. To learn more, go to this Small Business Administration page or this Treasury Dept. PDF.
The US Small Business Administration has set up a site for businesses to apply for disaster loan assistance.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has created a resource page on the coronavirus for Ohio businesses. ONMA members may find this page useful as they deal with the business aspects of the outbreak.
Ohio Attorney General Open Meeting Letter
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has released this letter, detailing how the Open Meeting Act applies during the state of emergency surrounding the outbreak (PDF download).
ODH Coronavirus Website
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has created a comprehensive clearinghouse-style website for Ohio coronavirus information, including the current number of cases in the state and what members of the public should do to prepare. The website is suitable for sharing with your paper’s readers. The shareable url is coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Ohio Department of Health Press Contact
ODH Pressroom email: OPA@odh.ohio.gov
Locate Your Local Health District Info
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers media outlets a number of digital resources including videos, audio clips, podcasts, and public service announcements, plus a limited supply of B-Roll for productions. In addition, the CDC offers a number of print resources on COVID-19, including educational posters for use in workplaces.
The Cleveland Clinic has a media resource page. Here are their media contacts:
OSU Wexner Center
The OSU’s Wexner Medical Center has a page about the coronavirus, including info about the current status of the virus in Ohio and how it’s affecting the university.
The World Health Organization posts regular press briefings on their website.