What we’re reading this week
Take a look at some of the things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of
Columbia Journalism Review | The journalism crisis across the world
As a result of the pandemic many newsrooms across the globe have had to let go of staff or cut salaries. Researchers and media reporters in some countries have been tracking media industry cutbacks due to the pandemic and have found that media outlets and newsrooms across the world are in crisis.
The challenges of covering the pandemic for journalists in community media can be particulaly difficult. Citizen journalists have to balance between interpreting scientific data and telling the human story. Even though these journalists are immersed in their communities they may lack the skills required of complex stories.
Business Daily| African journalists ‘hounded’ into exile
Stories of 16 African journalists who had to flee their countries as their lives were in danger as a result of ‘doing their jobs’ as investigative journalists. These journalists were branded by these governments as traitors and thus their lives were threatened. Each journalists details their experiences of reporting in countries where media freedom is limited.
Jounalism.co.uk | Newsroom managers must do more to support staff’s mental wellbeing
Newsbreak is a website which encourages journalists to share their experiences of working and reporting during the pandemic. Some journalists have shared that they have asked their managers or bosses for assistance particularly for mental health but their bosses are ill-equipped to deal with these struggles. The article calls for managers to provide support and resources for staff.