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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.
Local Eats and Essentials launches in Albany, Greene Counties
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.
Best practices/Ideas

The Coronavirus Pandemic Keeps Evolving. So Does the News Coverage, as These Six Stories Show

It’s often challenging to find new ways to engage readers in a continuing story like the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s important to remember the story keeps evolving even though there …

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Local Journalists Play a Critical Role During the Pandemic

When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States earlier this year, local journalists were on frontlines reporting on the virus. From Santa Fe, New Mexico to Columbus, Georgia, local newsrooms …

How Has Covid-19 Affected Press Freedom Around the World?

There have been 426 (at the time of writing) cases of press freedom violations worldwide linked to covid-19 reporting.That is according a tracker created by the International Press Institute (IPI), …

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How Has the Pandemic Affected Journalism? New Report Offers a Sobering Snapshot.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many journalists and newsrooms in one way or another. Whether it's burnout from working extra hours, layoffs at a local news publication, or misinformation …
The Publisher’s Guide to Navigating COVID-19: Report Download
What’s New in Publishing is proud to present The Publisher’s Guide to Navigating COVID-19, a special insight report sponsored by Sovrn and written by regular WNiP contributor and …
Introducing the COVID-19 Cutback Tracker
Since March of 2020, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism has been collecting data on cutbacks to US newsrooms happening amid the novel coronavirus pandemic; today, they published the sum of their …
Reporting on Coronavirus Vaccines: 5 Tips to Help Journalists Inject Audiences with the Facts
Longtime health care journalist Gary Schwitzer uses the language of disaster warnings when discussing the challenges of covering COVID-19. In a recent interview with ABC network affiliate KSTP, …
COVID-19 Hardship Fund Helps Freelancers Cover Everyday Expenses
COVID-19 has made life difficult for freelance journalists around the world.As a result of the pandemic’s effects on the global economy, many news organizations have either suspended or limited …
Content/Editorial

Insider Inc. has taken the FOMO out of its events on purpose.Over the past six months, Business Insider’s parent company has discarded its old conference-focused events strategy in favor of a …

The Washington Post today launched The Road to Recovery, a new section highlighting attempts to rebuild the nation’s economy, its communities and its spirit in the midst of the covid-19 …
In the face of a global pandemic, science and health fact-checking journalists are having their moment.Over the past two decades, political claims and widespread hoaxes and rumors have dominated …
Tech/Digital

Data voids on social networks are spreading misinformation and causing real world harm.Everyone needs access to credible information during a pandemic. Without it, people die.We are especially …

Facebook has prided itself on thorough moderation and removal of COVID-19 misinformation posted to its social network since March, but the company is now under fire for having failed to take action …
As the novel coronavirus began to make its way around the world earlier this year, an epidemic of online misinformation spread alongside it. Companies stepped up their moderation efforts — …
Revenue/Financial

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 …

Fox News Media expects to cut less than 3% of its overall staff as the unit, the financial engine of parent Fox Corporation, works to make its operations more efficient after a period of …
BBC Global News, the commercial, international arm of the BBC, has, like other publishers, weathered sudden double-digit percentage drops in digital ad revenue over the last six months from …
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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

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 …
Vice Media is pushing back at a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal that said Vice Media Group has a plan for "substantial layoffs" at its company websites amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Journal obtained what it described as "a planning …
Government

The number of positive COVID-19 tests out of the White House are now starting to pile up. More than a dozen that President Trump has been around in the past week or so have now tested positive for …

The frustration was visible on Chris Wallace’s face when he told his “Fox News Sunday” viewers that the only person he could get to talk about the status of President Trump’s …
The surfeit of misinformation online during the pandemic has prompted some governments to implement extraordinary measures in an attempt to establish control amid the chaos. Criminalizing the …
Health/Medical

When the coronavirus death toll in the United States passed 200,000 on Tuesday, matching projections made by White House experts this spring, many of the right-wing media personalities who had mocked …

As COVID-19 spread across Europe, countries like France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. faced high rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus. Germany, meanwhile, eluded similar levels …
More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 virus on minorities and the poor has been thoroughly reported.It’s well-established that Black …
Dozens of journalists have died from COVID-19 in Peru since the pandemic began, in the highest reported death toll of media workers from the new coronavirus in Latin America, according to …
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