Class and COVID-19

It is imperative for news organizations to dive into city, county and state statistics to report candidly on the impact of COVID-19 across the Fault Line of Class.

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  • Call a staff meeting to brainstorm ideas. Listen to everyone, particularly those who have different life experiences than newsroom editors.
  • If possible, designate one reporter to stay on top of the incoming data. Who is being impacted and at what rate?
  • Diversify reporting teams. Know your community and depending on the city, send people of color to white communities and white reporters to communities of color. Don’t exempt white reporters from covering issues of Class and Race.
  • Do you have relationships with members of the impacted community(s)?
  • Are you trusted by racially diverse members of your community? If not, how will you gain trust?
  • Does your engagement strategy reach across the Fault Line of Class?
  • Are there collaboration strategies that can help you report this story? Are there other news outlets or neighborhood organizations connected to or working to support communities you’re not? How might you work with them?

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