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USA: Carolyn Bick talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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by The Coalition for Women in Journalism Carolyn Bick is a Seattle-based freelance journalist who primarily works for the South Seattle Emerald – a small, local, nonprofit publication that specifically covers South Seattle and vulnerable communities. Her work has previously appeared in several local and international publications. Her coverage of the coronavirus ranges from the…

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How the pandemic has impacted newspaper and magazine retail

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by What’s New in Publishing This week we talk to Jim Bilton of Wessenden Marketing, who does research around media supply chains. He tells us about how the pandemic has impacted newspaper and magazine retail, about who might be left standing after the dust settles and how they will need to reboot their distribution strategies.…

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Collaborative reporting project in Brazil investigates education issues during COVID-19

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by Giorgia Macrelli, International Journalists’ Network When schools in Brazil first closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the country’s education system was ill-prepared to face the challenges presented by COVID-19. That 35 million children were now out of school and forced to learn from home was just the tip of the iceberg.  In…

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Tips for reporting about sex work

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by Iris Pase, International Journalists’ Network Sex work, meaning the provision of sexual services for money or goods, is a global industry that employs millions people of all genders in a variety of roles, which include, but are not limited to, street workers, actors, performers, escorts, dancers and traveling entertainers.  Despite the size of the…

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Equity in vaccine access and distribution: Key takeaways

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by Abigail Adcox, International Journalists’ Network As countries around the world roll out COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, equitable access to the vaccines is an issue front and center.  More than half of all available COVID-19 vaccine doses have been ordered by wealthier nations, according to a story by Isaac Chotiner in The New Yorker. This leaves poorer countries…

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Health reporting: Finding data and verifying expert claims

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by Naomi Ludlow, International Journalists’ Network Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 stories have appeared on the homepages of publications around the globe, making health stories mainstream. As the beat gains popularity, reporters new to health reporting can fall into avoidable pitfalls, such as failing to put research into meaningful context.  In a recent ICFJ…

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The Importance of Print During the Pandemic

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Even in this age of social media, the general public still values recognised print media outlets as reliable, trustworthy sources of information during times of trouble. by Sappi Although sales of newspapers have fluctuated in line with the guidance for people to stay indoors, there’s no denying that the industry is playing a crucial role…

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Syria: Zeina Shahla talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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By The Coalition for Women in Journalism Syria-based journalist Zeina Shahla is covering COVID-19 from Damascus while in self-quarantine. She has been working as a freelance journalist for the last three years with a focus on social and humanitarian issues. Zeina is currently reporting for Raseef22 and BBC Arabic. She recently reported about the impact…

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Free the writing spirit

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7 Days to a Byline that Pays explains how to tell stories that audiences will read and editors will pay you to write. Dr. Michael Ray Smith, an award-winning writer, communications and media professor, and MTI board member, shared the first few chapters of his book to help you work fast, smart, and get paid for…

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What have we learned about distributed newsrooms?

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by Damian Radcliffe, International Journalists’ Network The impact of COVID-19 meant, as Hannah Storm, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network has pointed out, that “news organizations had to reinvent decades of working practices in days.” One obvious manifestation of this was the move to working from home, with many distributed newsrooms being established overnight. And…

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