COVID-19 Resources

Broadcasters serve a critical role in keeping our communities informed and updated. We are offering ongoing information to help you prepare for the ongoing developments regarding the Coronavirus. This page will be updated frequently as we find more resources.

Webinar Recordings – Please click on this link to access recordings of webinars that are taking place during the COVID-19 Pandemic, offered to you for free from the MBA or our partners.

Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services PSAs for TV and Radio

TV PSAs

Radio PSAs

Legal Resources from the MBA Hotline – Click on each link below for details

Legal Priorities for Broadcasters During Pandemic

Media companies are essential services and exempt from stay-at-home orders. (This covers everyone – newsroom, advertising, engineering.)

Issues for managing employees during the crisis

Safety tips for journalists

Employer obligations regarding employee sickness related to employment

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Privacy issues in naming COVID-19 victims

Resource Page from Thompson Coburn

Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org expands guidelines to help Missourians in need of legal answers.

Broadcast Resources – Please click here to see all COVID-19 Broadcast Resources

Following is an updated access letter for essential communications workers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The new guidance again clarifies that the final decision whether to grant access rests with state and local authorities, but takes a broader approach than the previous letter. For example, the new guidance no longer includes the phrase: “The bearer of this letter is providing emergency communications sustainment and restoration support to critical communications infrastructure facilities in response to: COVID-19 Declaration of National Emergency.” However, a spokesperson for DHS specifically listed “public messaging” among the lifesaving capabilities that are necessary to ensure during the pandemic and in response to natural disasters. DHS also stated that this new guidance should help facilitate consistent requirements for movement and access across states’ borders, and help communications workers movements when challenged.

Please click here for the new guidance references, CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Advisory Guidance, issued on May 19, 2020. 

Access Letter: https://www.mbaweb.org/access-letter-from-the-dhs-cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency-re-covid-19/

Fuel Letter: https://www.mbaweb.org/fuel-letter-from-dhs-cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency-re-covid-19/

It is suggested that you download these letters, add the employee name who will be using them, and print on company letterhead. You may also want to reference the First Informer Broadcaster Act, located on our website here: https://www.mbaweb.org/first-informer-broadcasters-act/

MBA Idea Xchange – a private Facebook Group for broadcasters to connect and share during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read more here.

Employer Resources – Please click here to see all COVID-19 Employer Resources

Medical Resources – Please click here to see all COVID-19 Medical Resources

 

Future Updates

 

MBA will continue to update you as we receive additional information. We would also appreciate you sharing any important developments that you may identify in your market so that we can share with other broadcasters. As we all know, we are the First Informers in our communities and the people rely on us to provide accurate information that would affect the local areas MBA appreciates everything you do to serve the residents of Missouri.