Editor & Publisher and Infragistics Bring Real-Time COVID-19 Visualization to Publishers

Infragistics, the leader in UI/UX and business intelligence solutions powering the world’s largest enterprise software applications, has partnered with Editor & Publisher magazine, the authoritative voice of news publishing, to bring a real-time view of daily COVID-19 death and infection rates across 223 countries to news publishers.

State COVID-19 vaccination plan map

Seyfarth Shaw's team of industry-leading employment attorneys has developed Seyfarth's State COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Map, which provides links on state vaccination plans, including executive summaries, full vaccine plans where available, and other updates and sources.

Top stories

CDC committee identifies workers in media and manufacturing as 'essential' for vaccine distribution

The CDC has placed members of the "Media" among "essential workers" in Phase 1c who should receive prioritized vaccines — after long-term care patients and frontline health care workers. In addition, newspaper production personnel should fall under Phase 1b with other "Manufacturing Workers."

Win some newspaper SWAG while putting a fun spin on those temperature checks

Here's a fun idea your newspaper could steal from The Daily News in Galveston, Texas — all designed to keep its daily COVID temperature-checking a bit lighthearted.

Column: Wearing a mask doesn't seem like a big ask

Adams Publishing Group is now requiring all employees and customers to wear masks while in the office. The company is also reimbursing employees for buying masks.
Best practices/Ideas

COVID-19 + Email: How companies support their community

In light of COVID-19, people are overwhelmed with news of the virus — both globally and locally. As media companies, you have a vital role to provide information, updates and distractions to your audience. While people are saturated with news from so many sources, email is critical as it’s the only message you can guarantee your audience will receive. Check out these email tips around COVID-19 from Second Street.

Viewpoints

Editorial: The New Normal

The coronavirus pandemic has uprooted all of us, forcing businesses to close and hundreds of layoffs. In the first week of April, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nu Yang, editor-in-chief of Editor & Publisher, spoke with several news leaders about this fallout. This is what they shared.

To Prop Up Local Journalism, Congress May Have to Prioritize Newspapers Over TV, Radio, Digital-Native

This stubborn fact faces the growing movement to save local journalism: the majority of grants and other aid may need to flow to newspapers, rather than other news media, because they deliver the majority of the news in local information ecosystems. For a 2018 report, Duke University researchers set out to document how local original news is generated and were startled to discover that while newspapers were just 25% of local news outlets, they produced more original local civic content than radio, TV and online newsrooms combined.

Resources
Seyfarth Shaw Publishes Return to Business Checklist
Seyfarth Shaw LLP has published a "Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist" to help companies prepare for the business impacts arising from COVID-19 and as business begins to reopen. Read more and download the checklist
'NTVB Media Provides 'What to Watch' to Newspapers for Free'
NTVB Media will provide a weekly roundup of television viewing recommendations to newspapers at no charge until at least May 31.

Newspapers can access What to Watch at content.ntvbmedia.com, and each weekly edition will be available for download on the previous Friday. In addition, NTVB Media partnered with Lee Enterprises, which is providing daily versions of What to Watch that are camera-ready for newspapers.
Publishers Using Push Notifications to Break COVID-19 News See Dramatic Increase in Engagement, Audience Growth
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, new data released by Pushly today shows significant increases in consumer engagement with web and mobile push notifications as publishers used the browser-based communication channel to send breaking news and other coronavirus-related content during the first quarter of 2020. 
America's Newspapers offers free marketing campaign to newspapers promoting subscriptions — in print or digital
"Newspapers have your back," reads a new marketing campaign being rolled out by America's Newspapers. "We are grateful for those who have our back in this important time."

Newspapers can download a series of print and social media ads at no cost and add their own subscription marketing message to the ads.

Learn more and download ads
Facebook grants available to U.S. local newsrooms — amounts to range from $25,000-$100,000
Today the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) is launching the FJP COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program, offering grant opportunities to help U.S. local news organizations continue serving communities during the coronavirus outbreak. News organizations can begin applying for relief grants on Monday, April 13. A webinar on how to apply will take place on Friday, April 10. To register and receive dial-in information, please sign-up here.
Content/Editorial

Kid Scoop has published two resources to help parents and schools teach children about COVID-19 and ways to stay as safe as possible: coloring and activity pages, plus an eight-page activity workbook.

LocalEatsandEssentials.com, a website that allows diners to order takeout or curbside pickup from local, independently owned restaurants in two New York counties, launched today. The site will be expanding into other market areas over the next few months and working with other local media companies and restaurants to launch this program in their areas.
Five McClatchy newspapers in South Carolina have launched "We Rebuild" sections on their websites to bring together perspectives and solutions for a path to restore their communities in a post-pandemic world.
Tech/Digital

A new "What's open?" app from Creative Circle Media Solutions is a self-service module allowing businesses, schools and government agencies to indicate whether they are open or closed using a simple form that then displays that information on websites using widgets. Newspaper staffs can also create or edit listings through the back end of the app.

Revenue/Financial

As local businesses began opening this week, The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown offered each business a free print advertisement in the newspaper as each reopens its storefront. The advertisement can be used to announce that the business once again is open to the public, explain any new procedures that might be necessary or to communicate new hours of operation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer offered voluntary buyouts to 55 guild members in sales, Poynter learned via a memo on Friday. Another voluntary buyout offer was made to full-time newsroom employees 65 and over after some employees expressed interest in …
National newspapers could close unless the government finds a way to support the industry, according to the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, who has said many outlets are facing financial ruin as a result of coronavirus. …
How we work
Chicago's Metro Dailies Take Different Approaches to Exposure
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic brings shocking cultural and economic developments on a daily, if not hourly, basis, the week of March 9 was a particularly jarring one for Chicagoans. At the Chicago Sun-Times, the reaction was to try going remote for a day on March 12, with nearly all newsroom employees working from home. But at the rival Chicago Tribune, the challenge wasn’t a test. The possibility that its employees had encountered a person infected with COVID-19 was very real.
In U.S. Epicenter for COVID-19, Seattle Times Empties its Newsroom
In the corner of the United States hit hardest by COVID-19, The Seattle Times newsroom is vacant.
The Pilot: 'We Exist for Moments Like This'
“In turbulent times like these, our community looks to The Pilot and its publications to provide accurate information and a steady dose of normalcy," David Woronoff, publisher of The Pilot, in Southern Pines, North Carolina, wrote in a memo to all employees last week. "Thank you all for staying calm and focused on your work, as it’s very easy to get distracted.”

While the next few weeks might be challenging in everyone’s professional and personal lives, he wrote about the importance of the work that the staff does.

“In order to best serve our communities, we must continue to publish our newspaper, newsletters, websites and magazines without interruption. You are crucial to making that happen,” he said.
Strict Social Distancing is Rigorously Enforced in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette
In addition to the deep cleaning and practicing for remote operations, the newspapers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette are rigorously enforcing a policy of “social distancing.”
Chicago Sun-Times Conducts Trial Run with Journalists Working from Home
From a Chicago Sun-Times editorial on March 12, saying every journalist will work from home for one day in test:

This is a trial run. We’ve seen no evidence of COVID-19 in our newsroom or in the places we send reporters. But we want to make sure we can keep our employees safe and continue to provide you with the news, 24 hours a day.
HR

Media Staffing Network has developed free webinars to help job seekers and is offering free tips for working from home for companies and their employees.

Special thanks to Laurie Kahn of Media Staffing Network for sharing the following tips for working remotely:
A detailed memo outlines four basic goals set forth by Shaw Media in response to COVID-19, the most dramatic of which is the directive to employees to work from home if at all possible. “We said anyone who can work from home should work from home,” Rung said in an interview.
As the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw diligently works to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information on COVID-19, the firm is collecting real-time perspectives from employers who are navigating this unprecedented situation. Take the three-minute survey.
Government

America’s Newspapers is joining the News Media Alliance (the Alliance), the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in asking Congress to take action on two measures that would help ensure newspapers, radio and television stations can continue to provide critical news and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter this week to President Trump, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, America’s Newspapers CEO Dean Ridings and News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern are starting a dialogue with top elected officials about the role the federal government can play in ensuring the survival of the vital services provided by local news publishers.
In this legal update, William Eck of Seyfarth Shaw outlines the parameters of the eligibility for a low interest loan for small businesses, small agricultural and most nonprofits under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Health/Medical

Due to the Covid-19 need, Southern Lithoplate has redeployed a portion of its chemical manufacturing to supply hand sanitizer.

According to the World Health Organization: The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

In this post, Paul Boyle of the News Media Alliance also shares a letter sent to subscribers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hearst is continuing to evaluate the safety of its offices on a daily basis, and any colleague who feels uncomfortable coming into work has been advised to talk with their manager about working from home where possible.
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