Coronavirus and the media: Everything news industry needs to know

Coronavirus and the news industry: Everything you need to know

The coronavirus pandemic presents the greatest threat to the global news industry since the 2008 economic crash.

At the same time, our industry has never been more vital. With fake news proliferating on social media, access to quality news and information can be a matter of life and death.

Read all our coverage on coronavirus and the news industry:

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4 thoughts on “Coronavirus and the news industry: Everything you need to know”

  1. The CV crisis has given employers the chance to offload costs and overheads by encouraging staff to work from home this passing the cost for heating, lighting, broadband,equipment,electricity etc to the employee.

    Rather sneakily I notice certain publishers are not making home working mandatory as this would incur them having to cover the costs mentioned and make payments to staff , rather they are ‘suggesting’ which allows them to get the job done but at a greatly reduced rate with the reporter being the one to pick up the operational costs.

    A colleague in sales at a leading publishing group in the eastern counties was told they need to be out of the office and only back in if it was absolutely vital to do so, when asked how they were to check emails and log onto booking systems was told by the arrogant commercial manager “find somewhere with free wi-if, go to McDonald’s “ they were then expressly told by his boss the head of sales ,they must NOT work from home , clearly due to them then being responsible for covering operational costs which the company were not prepared to do.
    In many ways remote working could well become the norm as publishers looking to reduce overheads will see it as a way of making huge cost savings, let’s just hope they also see it as a chance to close unnecessary departments such as HR who’s function is no longer viable with reduced staffing and where their services could be bought in as and when needed, also an opportunity to offload the many commercial heads and line managers who while encouraging remote working and happily axing staff will find themselves thus surplus to requirements

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