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