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Moving forward during lock-down in Uganda

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by Emmanuel Manishimwe, Hope Community Action Africa, Uganda COVID-19 has just been a reminder to rekindle the passion we had from the inception of our ministry, Hope Community Action Africa, where family was emphasized. Because the official ministry magazine print version had to be skipped, I started a personal blog, reason-hub.com, to communicate the need…

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Covering the economic implications of COVID-19 for a local audience

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by Jennifer Dorroh, International Journalists’ Network In Rick Dunham’s 35 years as a reporter, including 15 years at Business Week, no previous economic story has compared to the current global economic crisis. Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is the “biggest economic story of our careers,” he said in a webinar Friday. For the communities we…

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Self-care advice for journalists

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by Maeve Hennessey, The Lenfest Institute These are challenging, uncertain times. It can be hard for journalists to make sense of how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting their own day-to-day lives, let alone the lives of community members they need to cover.  But it’s important to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint,…

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How coronavirus infected publishing

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by Amol Rajan, BBC News Lenin had it about right when he said: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen.” In recent weeks, several decades’ worth of disruption and, frankly, obliteration has come to the UK’s newspapers and magazines. Indeed, it’s hard to overstate the impact of coronavirus on…

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Resources to help journalists cover the coronavirus pandemic

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by Maeve Hennessey, The Linfest Institute The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for local news organizations. Quality journalism is needed more than ever to keep communities informed and prepared. And as news consumption has skyrocketed in recent weeks, local outlets have rushed to meet the demand by providing reliable data and information, fact-checking government…

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10 questions for magazine publishers in survival mode

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by D. Eadward Tree, Publishing Executive There are no easy, one-size-fits-all answers to how magazines can survive COVID-19 and the resulting recession. But asking the right questions can help you navigate your magazine through these rough waters. Here are 10 that may help you retool your publication for a not-so-brave new world: 1. What are…

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Reporting the pandemic’s ever-changing facts

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by Abby Geluso, International Journalists’ Network In late March, the World Health Organization discouraged people from wearing face masks in public unless they were showing flu-like symptoms. Less than a week later, the Centers for Disease Control changed that advice. In January, when COVID-19 had just begun to reach the shores of Europe and the…

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Leading and supporting a team during times of crisis

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by Mijal Iastrebner, International Journalists’ Network Being a team leader is a challenge in any context, and the difficulties of managing a team are exacerbated in times of global crisis and isolation, like during the current COVID-19 pandemic. On top of needing to navigate new limitations, leaders also have to take precautions, like working remotely.  …

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Research highlights journalism’s critical role in fighting COVID-19 disinformation

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by Julie Posetti and Kalina Bontcheva, International Journalists’ Network This article is part of a two-part series. See the first article here. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, independent journalism has never been more important. Access to reliable and accurate information is literally a matter of life and death.  New research published by the UN and ICFJ…

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A pandemic-inspired opportunity

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By Francis Ayieko, The Shepherd When Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 12, I had no idea how the outbreak would impact our publishing business. I publish a monthly Christian newspaper known as The Shepherd. We had produced the March issue just a week before the announcement, and we were already working on…

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