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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

How a Ukrainian Radio Station Put Women First in Its Coronavirus Coverage

In March, Hromadske Radio — one of Ukraine’s few nonprofit radio stations — faced an issue: Citizens in the country didn’t care much about COVID-19.Despite widespread coverage …

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Viewpoints

Covering the Weirdest Basketball Season Ever From Inside the NBA Bubble

Shortly before Joe Vardon started covering last year's NBA playoffs, the sports journalist took his family to Walt Disney World.Now, more than a year later, Vardon is back in Orlando, Florida — …

Five Changes That Will Drive the Future of Media Post Coronavirus Crisis

A pandemic-caused recession has led to massive disruptions in publishers’ revenue streams. That paired with nation-wide calls for systematic changes has media companies reconsidering how …

COVID-19 Has Ravaged American Newsrooms–Here’s Why That Matters

Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns end.COVID-19 has ripped through the industry. In the United States …

Resources
National Geographic Society Emergency Fund Supports Global Coverage of COVID-19
The news media has been hit hard by COVID-19. Advertising revenues have plummeted, bringing an already struggling industry to an ever more tenuous state. Outlets have frozen hiring, downsized and …
New Report from eSummit: A 'Playbook' for Publishers Amid Pandemic
Everyone is trying to predict what the fallout of the ongoing pandemic will look like for publishers. Difficult to do. Even major companies like PriceWaterhouseCoopers have delayed their annual Media …
Tips for Visualizing COVID-19 Data
The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard — with its clear numbers, and its red bubbles on a dark world map — has become the trusted picture of the pandemic for many reporters and audiences …
How to Help Your Advertisers Understand the Importance of Marketing Amidst COVID-19
It’s been rough out there in sales land during this health crisis. And yet, web traffic is spiking for media companies. So, what do we do to leverage that and take a bad situation and make it better for our advertisers? Let’s give ourselves some …
New Resource Helps News Organizations Respond to COVID-19 Safety Challenges
The COVID-19 News Organizations Safety Protocols provides newsrooms and commissioning editors with practical guidance on how to cover the pandemic professionally and in a way that minimises risk. It addresses all aspects of assignment planning and …
Content/Editorial

News outlets all over the world have done remarkable work covering the once-in-a-hundred-year story of the coronavirus.But one journalist has stood out above all. The Atlantic’s Ed Yong has …

How much does exposure to fake coronavirus information change people’s behavior? What about when it comes from the president? In a working paper (not yet peer-reviewed) by Ciara M. Greene and …
In the midst of fighting misinformation about COVID-19, some fact-checkers have begun the process of analyzing their work to this point. In Europe, fact-checking organizations Maldita.es, Full Fact, …
Tech/Digital

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 — …
The news about COVID-19 tells the story of the whole world, countries, and individuals simultaneously. News about the pandemic is relevant to countries and global organizations that fight to contain …
Revenue/Financial

NBCUniversal is the latest media company to make staff cuts in the wake of the pandemic's economic fallout.The cuts are expected to affect less than 10% of the company's 35,000 full-time staffers and …

Many of the revenue streams that power media companies have begun to come back to life in the past several weeks. But events is not one of them, a fact that has begun to really squeeze many B2B media …
Summer is usually a suboptimal time to sell advertising. But for publishers that rely on open exchanges for their programmatic ad revenue, the past two months have been among the hottest of the …
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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

In the 72 years that television has covered national elections, there has been one constant on the screen — wall-to-wall people.Jammed nominating convention halls and flesh-pressing rallies are …

The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on …
Egypt’s government is used to stifling press freedom. During Abdel Fatah al-Sissi’s presidency, the country has become one of the world’s most dangerous places to report from, …
Health/Medical

The need to maintain social distancing has meant that newsrooms are still largely empty more than four months after the UK went into lockdown, with most journalists continuing to work from home.At …

Five months into the coronavirus crisis, the media industry has figured out that it can operate its key functions remotely almost entirely. But being a creative and collaborative industry, there are …
A significant number of journalists reporting on COVID-19 show signs of anxiety and depression, according to the early results of a survey into the current state of journalists’ emotional …
For the past six months, journalists have been on the frontline of reporting on the covid-19 pandemic. They had to quickly adapt to new rules, safety protocols, lockdown measures or travel bans. Some …
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