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“Key to reimagining post-pandemic journalism”: Challenges unleashed by the pandemic have also unveiled real opportunities

What's New in Publishing 15 Oct 2020 06:40

The pandemic has been tough on journalism, to say the least. Journalists have had to endure financial instability, deteriorating mental health and threats to physical safety among other challenges, according to a new report, Journalism and the pandemic: A global snapshot of impacts by the ICFJ.

It has not all been doom and gloom though, as journalists surveyed reported perceiving increased audience trust (43%) and engagement (38%). Also 61% of the journalists reported an increased sense of commitment to journalism.

Despite the challenges, a significant opportunity exists for journalism as a field to build on the renewed levels of mission, audience engagement and clearly demonstrated need for accountability reporting the pandemic has highlighted. 

Journalism and the pandemic: A global snapshot of impacts

The report, authored by Dr. Julie Posetti (ICFJ), Professor Emily Bell (Tow Center) and Dr. Pete Brown (Tow Center) is based on a large-scale global survey (125 countries) of journalists (1400+) by the International Center for Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. 

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