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In light of COVID-19, people are overwhelmed with news of the virus — both globally and locally. As media companies, you have a vital role to provide information, updates and distractions to your audience. While people are saturated with news from so many sources, email is critical as it’s the only message you can guarantee your audience will receive. Check out these email tips around COVID-19 from Second Street. more
“Post Helping Hand has raised more than one million dollars for charities in our community. It is our hope that our readers will now join us to support those across the country who have been hardest hit by this Covid-19 crisis,” said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., CEO and publisher of The Post. “Together with these organizations, we can help ensure no one is left hungry due to this pandemic.” more
Newspapers in the company’s markets from Hawaii to Ohio can apply for the grants to help them recover from the devastating loss of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. more
The staff of The Sumter (South Carolina) Item is doing daily Zoom calls with community leaders to keep the Sumter community informed — in real time — about the coronavirus crisis locally. Members of the community are invited to register to attend the live virtual shows and also have access to recordings of the show afterwards on the paper's Facebook page. more
Gannett's new platform enables local communities to provide their favorite businesses with much needed resources. more
McClatchy is publishing a daily electronic Coronavirus Guide in each of its markets to help keep readers knowledgeable about the disease and how best to protect themselves and those they care about. McClatchy plans to continue publishing this resource in its eEditions for as long as it’s needed. more
A special section will run both in print and on digital platforms with up-to-date coronavirus content available to Gannett’s 261 local properties for at least two weeks. more
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." more
As newspapers work to cope with a story that everyone wants to end sooner than later, Dennis Hetzel offers some story tips, best ideas for using your digital platforms (beyond just taking down the paywall), and thoughts on what staff members need from their leadership. more
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