News Organizations Across the World are Stepping Up to Provide COVID-19 Coverage
Newsrooms in the United States and beyond are stepping up to deliver information to their communities – no matter the risk. Despite the collapse of advertising revenue that “has decimated local papers around the country,” newsrooms like the Seattle Times still have dozens of reporters providing news and information to their communities on the coronavirus despite it only being “half the size it used to be.” News outlets, from the New York Times to the local Telegraph-Forum in Bucyrus, Ohio, are dropping paywalls on all their coronavirus coverage to make it accessible, even if it results in them losing revenue.
In Australia, despite having all 200 staffers working from home, The Age was still able to publish their print newspaper. In Vermont, news outlets are trying their best to provide readers with accurate, up to date information in these uncertain times.
The following is a statement from John Stanton, co-founder of the Save Journalism Project and laid off BuzzFeed DC Bureau Chief:
“This is what newsrooms do. This is what reporters do. It’s our job, even in times of chaos and high stress, to get accurate and accessible information out to our communities. While struggling local papers are doing everything in their power to keep readers informed on the latest COVID-19 news, tech giants are still dominating the digital advertising ecosystem. I’m proud to see newsrooms stepping up in the midst of this crisis.”