Broadcasters play a critical role in informing their viewers and listeners about COVID-19 and other matters of public safety. The GAB wants to make sure we help you fulfill this role in any way possible. This page is your go-to resource for broadcasters related to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine that we will update continuously. The page includes information about preparing stations and employees, links to resources for newsrooms regarding coverage, links to critical information sources, and the NAB Coronavirus Response Tool Kit.
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s website is a great resource for broadcasters who are reporting on the vaccine or looking to receive the vaccine themselves. The site includes a vaccine locator tool as well as tons of information about vaccine guidance and testing.
This online toolkit provides research, sample messaging, and suggested tactics to help local journalists craft vaccine education messages that will best resonate with their audiences. It is provided as an educational resource by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing every broadcast facility with free masks to protect their employees as they perform their broadcast responsibilities during COVID-19. Please click the link below to request masks for you and your station.
On December 30th, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an update to the Executive Order on the Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency. Please click the link in the button below to read the full document.
The National Association of Broadcasters has provided new COVID-19 PSA’s that the GAB encourages you to air on your stations. You may choose to replace the old PSA”s with these, or simply add the new ones into your rotation. Please click the links below to access the radio and/or TV PSA’s.
The FCC has developed a COVID-19 scams page that includes tips to assist consumers with protecting themselves and their loved ones. The guide includes scam audio and a sample text hoax that was circulating. The FCC will continue to update the page as we learn about new COVID-19 scams. Please click the button below to access this page.
The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has provided Access and Fuel letters regarding COVID-19. These may be used to help facilitate access to your studios and transmitters. On page 14 of the “Executive Order FAQ’s” pgae you can find information from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp about the communication and broadcast industry.
The National Association of Broadcasters has provided a Coronavirus Response Toolkit. Inside this kit you’ll find:
- Broadcast Ready PSA’s for TV and Radio
- Editorial Guidelines
- Station Operation Resources
The GAB encourages you to take full advantage of these resources and asks that you consider running these very important PSA’s on your stations. Click the button below to access this tool kit.
The CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. Click the button below to access current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution on your stations.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice to provide television broadcast stations with guidance on shared news gathering related to coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice contains important information about the filing requirements. Please click the button below to read the full Public Notice.