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

How a Tiny Media Company is Helping People Get Vaccinated

More than 132 million people in the US have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine, and as of this week, all Americans over 16 are eligible.But while the US has vaccinated more people than …

Viewpoints

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 …

Bloomberg Media CEO: Journalism Industry Needs More 'Imagination, Creativity and Urgency' to Emerge From Covid-19 Crisis

The boss of Bloomberg Media has called on the journalism industry to show more “imagination, creativity and urgency” to battle back from the Covid-19 crisis. Justin B Smith, who has …

Resources
Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online
The odds of dying after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are virtually nonexistent.According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck …
Key Quotes: Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
A year after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, vaccines have finally arrived, with the U.S. averaging 2 million vaccine doses administered per day. But the arrival of vaccines also brings …
What COVID-19 Teaches Us About the Divide Between Mainstream and Multilingual Media
Alicja Minda, a Polish immigrant, researcher and editor-in-chief of the Editors Toronto official blog, BoldFace, sits in her bedroom-turned-office-space, scrolling through COVID-19 coverage. There …
Covering Criminal Courts Amid COVID-19: Six Tips for Journalists
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, courts across the U.S. struggled to keep up with their caseloads. Then COVID-19 forced America’s legal system to delay and suspend hearings, trials and …
Los Angeles Times Launches Spanish-Language Edition of Coronavirus in California Tracker
The Los Angeles Times is expanding its utility journalism offerings with the launch of a Spanish-language version of its digital coronavirus tracker, “El coronavirus en California.” …
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

Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, announced today a collaboration with Amazon to deliver trusted, global COVID-19 vaccine information on Alexa devices. Reuters data will …

The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as “vaccine passports” — that would allow …
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 …
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

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 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, …

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 …
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the Biden administration does not support asking Americans to carry COVID-19 vaccine passports to prove they have been vaccinated.“Let me …
Health/Medical

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 …

Americans’ enthusiasm towards COVID-19 vaccines is growing. In January, more than four in ten adults said that they’ll definitely get the vaccine when it’s available to them for …
When it comes to reporting on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, context is everything.As millions of doses are injected into the arms of people around the world, adverse events are inevitable, …
Let me start this column by reminding you that most Americans want the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. And the percentage of people who want the vaccine has grown a lot since last fall, before …
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