In the face of COVID-19, an APG newspaper calls on local businesses, residents to come together

"In uncertain times, communities rely on their leaders to light the way," APG Chesapeake and The Star Democrat of Easton, Maryland, is reminding local business leaders in a new #TogetherTalbot initiative being rolled out this week in the county where the newspaper is published. The newspaper would be honored to see its efforts replicated across the country by other America's Newspapers members.
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Detroit Free Press Partners with State Archives to Collect Coronavirus Stories
The Detroit Free Press is partnering with the Michigan History Center, which runs the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum System, to collect personal stories from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kentucky newspaper welcomes back businesses with free ad for all
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.
Valdosta Daily Times to Switch to Mail Delivery, Drop Two Days in Print
Effective June 1, The Valdosta (Georgia) Daily Times will begin a four-day-a-week publishing schedule, discontinuing the Thursday and Saturday printed editions. The Daily Times also will switch to mail delivery.
Best practices/Ideas

What 2021 Looks Like for News Publishers

If, as Milton Friedman said, actions taken in times of crisis depend on the ideas that are lying around, then perhaps news media organisations can take a look at the ideas they have lying around, INMA Executive Director/CEO Earl J. Wilkinson, said …

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Viewpoints

The News Joins the Rituals of Mourning

I was half-way through an essay on how the experience of news — especially in the midst of a pandemic — felt like a kind of ritual. I could not have imagined that on Sunday morning, May 24, a remarkable front page of the New York Times would …

Business Reporting Tips for Journalists on Other Beats

As local businesses  closed around the world, laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits and central banks bought up government bonds to inject money into local economies, the COVID-19 health crisis has also turned into a deep economic …

Resources
The Newest Housing Data Contains Many COVID-19 Related Stories for Journalists to Report On
Thursday produced a basketful of story ideas about housing for you to follow up on. In short: Sales dropped, sellers pulled homes off the market, the sales that did go through involved sky-high prices and mortgage rates hit a near-record low. Whew! …
The Virus, the News, and New York City
In early January, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism published my report, “Media Mecca or News Desert?” Covering Local News in New York City,” which examined how citywide and hyperlocal news organizations allocate diminishing editorial …
CLEF Announces Grants to 20 Local Newsrooms
Today, The Community Listening and Engagement Fund is excited to announce grants to 20 news organizations to subsidize usage of tools and services that will help local publishers respond to community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This …
Take This Survey About the Effect of COVID-19 on Journalism
The effects of COVID-19 are already being framed as an “extinction event” for journalism, causing dozens of news outlets to collapse around the world. Tens of thousands of newsroom jobs have been lost or reshaped by the pandemic. That’s why …
Google News Initiative Taps Stringr to Provide COVID-19 Content
The Google News Initiative is working with video content marketplace Stringr to supply COVID-19 content to publishers as part of its program. The Google News Initiative has invested $400,000 in the project to date. More than 100 content packages …
Content/Editorial

A normal day of reporting on labor in America is busy. But these are not normal days. Precarious labor conditions under the Trump administration—including the repeal of the Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, the appointment of …

Most U.S. adults report having seen made-up news about COVID-19, and many have seen various claims about purported treatments. But relatively few Americans have a lot of confidence in their own ability to check the accuracy of the news and …
Anyone interested in Pop-Up Magazine won’t be able to find recordings of its 15 live tours that it has put on over the past 11 years across major North American cities. The company’s live performances are not filmed, since the entire idea of …
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.

The coronavirus pandemic has newsrooms across the country and the world scrambling to deliver vital information to their audiences. Newscasts and publications have taken on new value at a time where …
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus …
Revenue/Financial

Google has taken aggressive action to scrub coronavirus conspiracies from its news service and YouTube, at a time when social media companies have come under intense scrutiny for their potential to spread dangerous disinformation about the global …

Business owners were still optimistic when COVID-19 started its relentless march from opposite ends of the country to eventually coat the nation. But with reported cases rising higher every week and the death toll in the U.S. creeping toward triple …
American consumers in our research are clear: No brand should tell them “we’re in this together” anymore. Fatigue for this sentiment has truly set in. At this point, consumers want out of the empathetic relationship. They just want to be …
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What Journalists Need to Know
Links to stories that help you know how to work from home, story ideas and how to stay healthy. Have a link you'd like to share?  Send it to cdurham@newspapers.org
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.”
HR

Like many businesses, newsrooms have been forced to cut back their staffs during the coronavirus pandemic, shrinking the number of journalists of color covering the crisis. Many worry that, as the coronavirus spreads disproportionately across the …

The Washington Post‘s offices will remain closed until after Labor Day, Post publisher Fred Ryan told employees in a memo Thursday. The Post sent employees home March 11, and at the time, Ryan writes, “we thought it would be a matter of a few …
Tribune Publishing and the Chicago Tribune Guild agreed Wednesday to a three-week furlough for all unionized newsroom employees making $40,000 or more as a cost-saving measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The furloughs will be taken in one-week …
BuzzFeed, still hoping to avoid layoffs during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, will furlough 68 staffers without pay starting next week through mid-August. Among other cost-cutting steps, the digital-media firm also will extend previously …
Government

The Chinese Communist Party has cracked down on and arrested citizen journalists reporting on the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan and how the government handled the outbreak, according to a report. One of them, Zhang Zhan, 37, a former lawyer, …

Press freedom is under threat in Britain, according to media groups that warn that the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fueling a growing climate of hostility and public distrust toward journalists. Tensions between the government and …
A Moscow court on Thursday jailed a prominent anti-Kremlin journalist for a one-person protest during the city’s coronavirus lockdown, sentencing him to 15 days in prison. Ilya Azar, a journalist at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, which is critical …
Health/Medical

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

[caption id="attachment_206084" align="alignnone" width="800"] Desks sit empty in the San Francisco Chronicle newsroom. For the first time in the newspaper's 155-year history, its editorial staff …
The coronavirus pandemic threw a ginormous flaming curveball at the news media industry, from turning newsrooms remote to eviscerating whole streams of revenue. It’s really easy to panic when you …
With many store shelves completely cleared of cleaning supplies and other essentials due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, more people are resorting to online shopping (that is, if they hadn't …
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