27 Mar 2020

Media struggles with financial impact of the pandemic: What we're reading this week

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The coronavirus is putting media businesses under further financial stress, with some closing. At the same time, journalists are confronting a lack of public trust in their reporting. Meanwhile, journalists in the US are grappling with how to report comments from the White House. In good news, there's still some sport to watch — as long as you don't mind pixels — and how to visit your favourite museums from your computer.

These are some of the stories that caught our attentions this week.


Mildura's Sunraysia Daily and other regional newspapers close as coronavirus wipes out more than a century of tradition

ABC News / Kellie Lazzaro

The media is not immune from the economic pressures on businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Local newspapers and radio stations were among those to shutter this week.


Guardian Essential poll: one-third say there has been an overreaction to coronavirus

The Guardian / Katherine Murphy

The poll shows there is a substantial trust deficit about information from the media. Only 35 per cent of respondents trust the media to give them honest and reliable information during the pandemic.


It will be unhealthy to ignore the cost of all this

The Australian / Henry Ergas

"The greater the collapse in economic activity, the more crippling will be the burden on future generations, both in terms of increased public debt and of a diminished capital stock."


CNN, MSNBC bosses ignore staff pleas to cut Trump coronavirus pressers

The Daily Beast / Lloyd Grove and Maxwell Tani

Journalists and their bosses in the US are grappling with a dilemma: How do they deal with misinformation coming from the highest office?


How the pandemic will end

The Atlantic / Ed Yong

"Rudderless, blindsided, lethargic, and uncoordinated, America has mishandled the COVID-19 crisis to a substantially worse degree than what every health expert I’ve spoken with had feared. 'Much worse,' said Ron Klain, who coordinated the U.S. response to the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014."


How the coronavirus may hinder efforts to fight wildfires

The New York Times / Kendra Pierre-Louis

The worst of Australia's horror bushfire season may be behind us. But for Californians, the wildfire season lies ahead. With a large number of firefighters battling coronavirus or under quarantine, who will answer emergency calls?


The Korea clusters


A great visualisation of how COVID-19 cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals.


Hell on Earth: The agonising confusion over coronavirus testing in PH

Rappler / Mara Cepeda

"They’ll take a specimen from your throat. You'll end up retching if you can't take it because they’re going to take the sample from deep within your throat. They’ll also take a swab from inside your nose, higher than the bridge, so you'll feel like sneezing right after too."


10 of the world's best virtual museum and art gallery tours

The Guardian / Antonia Wilson

With travel bans in place, we can only dream of visiting other countries, let alone enjoying some of their impressive galleries and museums. The solution: take a virtual tour. From the Guggenheim in Bilbao to the Paris's Musée d’Orsay, there's plenty to explore.


Coronavirus has stalled traditional sports around the world. Esports are here to fill the void

ABC News / Peter Marsh

Every major sporting league in Australia and most throughout the world have been postponed or cancelled. Sports fans can still get their competitive fix by watching esports. This is a nice little guide for people new to the world online gaming.


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