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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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
In the months ahead, you will be covering bankruptcy cases involving names you could never have imagined you would find in this spot. It is time to take a few minutes to get tuned up for the stories … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
Freelancers play an essential role in the journalism ecosystem, making the media stronger and the stories we read more diverse. The effects of the covid-19 crisis have added to the numbers of freelance journalists in Europe, whilst making the … more
Black Americans, a group that has been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus outbreak, have been paying closer attention to many elements of the outbreak–and discussing it more frequently with other people–than other U.S. adults, … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has sent public health officials scrambling, the global economy into shock, and governments everywhere into crisis. It has also reshaped the way journalists work, not least because many authorities in many countries have cited … more
Local news publications have been hard hit by financial pressure stemming from the pandemic, with many operating newsrooms gutted by layoffs and furloughs. Now, local journalists are juggling coverage of twin crises—the pandemic and the protests … more
As local businesses  closed around the world, laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits and central banks bought up government bonds to inject money into local economies, the COVID-19 health crisis has also turned into a deep economic … more
Thursday produced a basketful of story ideas about housing for you to follow up on. In short: Sales dropped, sellers pulled homes off the market, the sales that did go through involved sky-high prices and mortgage rates hit a near-record low. Whew! … 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
Today, The Community Listening and Engagement Fund is excited to announce grants to 20 news organizations to subsidize usage of tools and services that will help local publishers respond to community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This … more
The effects of COVID-19 are already being framed as an “extinction event” for journalism, causing dozens of news outlets to collapse around the world. Tens of thousands of newsroom jobs have been lost or reshaped by the pandemic. That’s why … more
The Google News Initiative is working with video content marketplace Stringr to supply COVID-19 content to publishers as part of its program. The Google News Initiative has invested $400,000 in the project to date. More than 100 content packages … more
Seyfarth Shaw LLP has published a "Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist" to help companies prepare for the business impacts arising from COVID-19 and as business begins to reopen. Read more and download the checklist more
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