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The value of information about COVID-19 that is being shared with the American people can be seen in the soaring increases in online traffic to newspaper sites and the life-saving actions the information inspires. But for newspapers, this civic stewardship has come at a cost as devastating as the damage to the economy at large. more
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China, journalists at the biggest U.S. news organizations have diligently reported on the many dangers posed by its rapid spread. Yet even as entire states – like California and New York – shut down, … more
With more than 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, New York is the American epicenter of the pandemic. The state is effectively locked down. And its governor, Andrew Cuomo, is a media star. “In Coronavirus Response, Andrew Cuomo Wins Over Past … more
Kentucky’s community newspapers, large and small, in digital and in print, are taking action to keep its communities informed on everything from the latest news about the virus itself to the importance of social distancing. Read this column from Peter Baniak, past president of KPA. more
The COVID-19 outbreak is a global health crisis that has upended our daily lives. With millions confined at home, agencies, clients, and the media industry as a whole will experience unknown pressures. In the world of media planning and buying, that … more
It’s a harsh paradox. Media readership and viewership is soaring as citizens seek life-or-death information about the coronavirus: Where to get tested? Does my hospital have enough ventilators? Is it safe to go outside? But the accompanying … more
The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington. In a matter of days, facing the reality of a nationwide shutdown and a worsening economic crisis, Congress got serious about spending money—a lot of it. A … more
Last week, Italy became the first European country to go into complete lockdown to protect its citizens from a pandemic attack. Previously, such a scenario was just an academic hypothesis for national security experts. Now what Italy is doing can … more
The worst of the pandemic is yet to come. Listen to the medical experts. It’s time for a national lockdown. more
When you are living through a global pandemic that requires people to socially distance themselves from others, you have a lot of time to scroll on social media. It’s an amazing time suck. A lot of folks are suddenly infectious disease experts and … more
In an email last week to state labor officials, the administrator for the Labor Department’s Office of Employment Insurance instructed them not to release precise numbers of the unemployed in their states. All of us should be disturbed by this attempt to delay the release of public information collected with the public’s tax dollars. The fact that this demand came during Sunshine Week makes it all the more galling. more
In this novel crisis, we in media and online need to shift much of our attention away from trying to eradicate disinformation (and how’s that going?) to spend more of our time and resources once … more
In a WAN-IFRA webinar last week, newsroom leaders discussed the impact of the novel coronavirus on their newsrooms, their operations, and their staff. In this interview, Warren Fernandez, … more
On Monday, Hearst UK CEO James Wildman would typically address the 1,000-person strong company from the stage at the Odeon theatre in London’s Leicester Square, several doors from the magazine … more
The basic stuff of the sports section is in lockdown. The leagues and schools have stopped the play of game until it’s safe to come out again. So what are those prodigiously talented and productive journalists who cover sports to do? I began to … more
In this novel crisis, we in media and online need to shift much of our attention away from trying to eradicate disinformation (and how’s that going?) to spend more of our time and resources once again finding and amplifying good information — … more
In a WAN-IFRA webinar last week, newsroom leaders discussed the impact of the novel coronavirus on their newsrooms, their operations, and their staff. In this interview, Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of The Straits Times and one of the … more
On Monday, Hearst UK CEO James Wildman would typically address the 1,000-person strong company from the stage at the Odeon theatre in London’s Leicester Square, several doors from the magazine company’s UK HQ. Instead, Wildman will take … more
It’s weird how my Twitter feed these days looks exactly like my Twitter feed from 12 days ago. Homeschooling tips. People doing things on balconies. Animals roaming in emptied cities. War … more
~NEWLINE~~NEWLINE~More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the novel … more
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