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There have been plenty of jaw-dropping digital moments during the coronavirus pandemic. There was the time this month when Taylor Swift announced she would air her “City of Lover” concert on television. The time that the cast of “The … more
The venerable CBS Sunday morning political news program “Face the Nation” has helped viewers navigate the most newsworthy moments since 1954 — from the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to 9/11 to the financial crash of 2008 But the show has … more
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 … more
Gannett has launched a combined ad sales and news initiative for the end of the month on the theme of how businesses and individuals are preparing for a broad reopening of the economy. The “Rebuilding America” special issues, planned for May 30 … more
From time to time, I get together with my friends for a game on Whisthub. It’s a card game that can easily last four hours. The fine selection of Belgian beers we have during the game might have something to do with that. In this period of … more
Over the past two months, coronavirus has sent huge amounts of traffic and paid subscriber growth to news publishers. It has given them huge newsletter audiences too. Next week, USA Today will launch its fourth national coronavirus newsletter. … more
Protests calling for state and federal governments to reopen have become a source of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. A May 7 clip on Facebook shows a doctor giving a six-minute speech about California’s response to the coronavirus … more
One of 10-year-old Xan Clarkson’s latest creations is a Lego grocery store complete with masked shoppers – a sign of the times during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Xan, of East Lansing, wears a gray one, herself, while her little sisters, Ada … more
“The dangers of open-access science in a pandemic.” Preprint servers make it easy for scientists to share academic research papers before they are peer-reviewed or published, and COVID-19 is leading to a flood of research being uploaded. That … more
On February 2, more than a month before the World Health Organization deemed the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic, it declared that the virus had led to a “massive infodemic.” WHO observed “an overabundance of information—some accurate and … more
Like many publishers, The Washington Post put together a special email newsletter that carries the latest coronavirus coverage. In the span of just two months, the newsletter, which combines a reported top story with curated Post pieces about the … more
Bryan Marquard has spent years confronting death through writing about lives. As the obituaries editor at the Boston Globe, he has conducted thousands of interviews over the past 14 years—but never have the conversations been as affecting as now. … more
As Patrick Marley moved down the queue of voters lined up near a high school in Madison, some of his interviewees had to shout. Six feet apart is not ideal for a personal conversation about politics, especially on the tense Tuesday morning of … more
The novel coronavirus pandemic has spawned what the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic," an overabundance of information--some of it false--about COVID-19. Americans divide evenly over whether it is harder or easier to be … more
One key lesson that has been hammered home during this pandemic is the importance of timely and accurate information from a trusted source. At The Globe and Mail, our journalists have been working around the clock to cover the impact of COVID-19 … more
Emily Oster’s Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need To Know, first published in 2013, became something of a bible for hundreds of thousands of women who found that What to Expect When … more
As Americans continue to give the news media a solid grade overall for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the percentage who say journalists have exaggerated the risks of the outbreak has decreased notably in recent weeks, according to survey data … more
Our audience has been telling us for some time they wanted to see some light alongside the shade in our coverage. There’s a portion of our audience who are so disheartened by the news, they disengage completely. It became obvious pretty quickly … more
My father, who spent two years in Plattsburgh, New York, as an Air Force doctor during the Vietnam War, used to say that the military had to be able to pick up clerks at a desk in the US, fly them to Saigon, and have them continue typing the same … more
Spanish-language news media in the United States has been following the coronavirus story like every other news outlet around the world. And at least at the beginning of the pandemic, its coverage style wasn’t so different from English-language … more
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