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."

COVID-19 Reporting and Resources Reach Tamazight-Speaking Population in Algeria

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of communicating vital, potentially life-saving, information has been paramount. Critically, this has meant reaching people that speak less commonly used …

How a COVID-19 Timeline Drove Subscriptions for the San Antonio Express-News

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated across San Antonio and Texas and the United States, we found ourselves with a massive amount of stories, information, data, government announcements and changes in …
Best practices/Ideas

The Pandemic Didn’t Wreck News Outlets’ Hopes for Events

Just when local news outlets were ramping up audience events as a way to increase revenue and engagement, the pandemic hit.So their events programs were devastated, right? Nope. While in-person …

Viewpoints

What Newsrooms Can Learn About Trust from Coverage of the AstraZeneca Vaccine

On March 12, 2021, La Repubblica, Italy’s most widely circulated and trusted newspaper, placed a chilling headline on its front page: “AstraZeneca, Fear across Europe.”Some reports …

Scientists Need to Get Better at Talking to the Public. Why Doesn’t Training Seem to Help?

Science is essential to solving many of society’s biggest problems, but it doesn’t always find a receptive audience. Today, when curbing Covid-19 requires hundreds of millions of …

Resources
People are Uncomfortable with Digital Health Tools Used to Control COVID-19
Most people in the United States don’t want their digital data used to control the spread of COVID-19, a new study found. More than half of the people in the study remained wary of sharing …
Just 12 People are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes on Social Media, Research Shows
Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter."The …
Surprise COVID Trend: Doomscrolling Moved to Desktop
New data from Chartbeat provided to Axios finds that working from home has pushed people to scroll deeper through article pages on desktop, and slightly less through articles on mobile.Why it …
Passports, Pauses, and Pfizer: Here’s Where COVID-19 Misinformation Went in April
Over the course of April, English-language media coverage related to vaccines revolved around three key themes: opposition to “vaccine passports” in the U.S., the safety of the Johnson …
WhatsApp and the IFCN Offer a Financial Shot in the Arm to Fact-Checkers Fighting Vaccine Misinformation
Seven fact-checking organizations spread across the globe will get a combined $500,000 in grant funding to help support their efforts to fight COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. The award is part of …
Content/Editorial

A year ago, I wrote a feature called “COVID-19 is now a pandemic: What next?” We all know what followed. But how journalists adapted to the pace of the pandemic may be a lesser known …

Researchers want Facebook’s Oversight Board to evaluate the platform’s exemption of politicians from fact-checking after new research from Brazillian fact-checking organization …
The Washington Post is providing readers with a sweeping and multi-faceted look at what has changed one year after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Through newly …
Tech/Digital

Facebook has announced a $10 million grant to support emergency response efforts in India and has rolled out its Vaccine Finder tool in the country as the South Asian nation grapples with the latest …

Spotify is refusing to comment on remarks from its most popular podcast host Joe Rogan casting doubt on the need for some people to get the coronavirus vaccine.Spotify CEO Daniel Ek declined to …
The removal of dozens of tweets seen to be critical of the Indian government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic is putting people's health at risk and quashing dissent, lawmakers and human rights …
Revenue/Financial

There’s a very human tendency to overprepare for the challenges that await us, only to realize later on that some of that overpreparation may have been weighing us down.If you’ve ever …

Digital subscriptions have helped shape a stronger business for publishers. FIPP’s latest Global Digital Subscriptions Snapshot (Q3 2020) shows that subscriptions are serving to support …
Newsrooms across the African continent have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, with close to 1,000 media workers having lost their jobs in South Africa alone. While the knock-on effects of …
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:
Employees of Osteen Publishing Company were given links to the America's Newspapers coronavirus page and to the CDC website as sites that are "pertinent to our industry's situation, so please refer to them regularly for updates in the coming days."
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.
Government

During the pandemic, as authorities around the world provided relief to small businesses affected by shutdowns and restrictions, one Lagos-based media organization funded journalists in Nigeria to …

In normal conditions, it might take years for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a drug as safe and effective. But when faced with an emergency — like the COVID-19 pandemic …
The rules about cameras and other recording devices in courtrooms vary from state to state. Minnesota isn’t usually friendly to them.In fact, as The Star Tribune editorial board recently wrote, …
Health/Medical

If you’re a Fox News fan, your opinion of whether you should get the coronavirus vaccine may depend on when and whom you watch.On his 8 p.m. show, opinion host Tucker Carlson has consistently …

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson says so many outrageous things that it’s probably better off to ignore much of it. If I wanted, I could probably write a Carlson item every day.But this week, …
Early yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the US pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine …
Google Translate still isn’t reliable enough to use for medical instructions for people who don’t speak English, according to a new study published last week. Sometimes, it works: it was …
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