The daily press conference, Covid case numbers, border closures, reporting from your living room or from the silent streets of a locked down city. Barring world wars, has any event had a bigger impact on the way journalists do their jobs than this pandemic?
Covid-19 has changed the way we live but also the way we cover news. For journalists, it’s meant living with the possibility of getting the virus and passing it on to their families.
It has thrown science and health journalism into the spotlight, showing how critical and well-researched that reporting must be when the science itself is changing.
It has challenged political reporters to try and do their jobs while being scrutinised by a tribal and sometimes vitriolic audience.
In the latest episode of Journo Nick Bryant examines the ways the pandemic has affected journalism.
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