There’s irony in the fact that the big story being covered around the clock could actually be the undoing of some news media at a time when professional reporting has never been more important.
• USA TODAY: “Coronavirus' next casualty: The nation's biggest story could devastate news industry”
• The Atlantic: “The Coronavirus Is Killing Local News”
• The Wall Street Journal: “Coronavirus Is Giving Readers Plenty of News. But Local Outlets Are Still Teetering”
• New York Times: “Local News Outlets Dealt a Crippling Blow by This Biggest of Stories”
The headlines are atop stories reporting how the shutdown in the economy is hitting newspapers and other media. With so many businesses closed, advertising revenue has fallen. Fewer ads mean fewer printed pages. Print paywalls at websites of newspapers and other media have been removed to allow people free access to much-needed news on the coronavirus. The audience is big and growing. But advertising at the sites has predictably declined. Revenue is being greatly impacted just at a time when funding for gathering the news is needed as much as ever.
For the purposes of closures during the coronavirus crisis, newspapers and other major media are considered “essential services.” Reporters, editors and the entire team will continue working throughout. But they cannot work for free. Without support from people for those bringing them the news they need now and at all times, communities and even large cities could be left with little in the way of local news other than people posting to social media.
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USA TODAY states: “Newsrooms and news markets across the country are bracing for a sudden and potentially devastating broadside that could shutter or significantly hobble publications just as communities stricken by the coronavirus need them most.”
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