Today’s highly interesting read (03/16/20): How newsrooms can tone down their coronavirus coverage while still reporting responsibly

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I don’t know about you, but everywhere I’ve been the past week or two the majority of folks I spoke to without hesitation blames the news media for creating the fear and frenzy regarding the coronavirus.

Today’s read is from Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty for Broadcast and Online at the Poynter Institute. From person-to-person coaching and intensive hands-on seminars to interactive online courses and media reporting, the highly-regarded Poynter Institute helps journalists sharpen skills and elevate storytelling throughout their careers.

Poynter specializes in:

  • Ethics and fact-checking
  • Reporting and storytelling
  • Developing journalism’s leaders
  • Advancing newsroom diversity
  • Strengthening local news companies

Here’s an excerpt from Tompkins’ column:

Everywhere I turn I see news headlines blaring the words “deadly virus” even though for most people the virus is not deadly. Dr. John Torres, medical correspondent at NBC News, said he edits out phrases like “horrific” or “catastrophic.”

My general recommendation is the worse a situation is the more journalists should limit subjective adjectives. By now people know this is a serious issue. Stick to the cold hard facts.

Read the entire column here that every journalist in America should read.

One thought on “Today’s highly interesting read (03/16/20): How newsrooms can tone down their coronavirus coverage while still reporting responsibly

  1. Pingback: Newsrooms and the virus; lib love the virus; school closings; loaves and fishes; and Chick-fil-A | This Just In… From Franklin, WI

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