Coronavirus leads to traffic surge for publishers, how to set up remote working practices, and more…
Trust is more vital than ever
As the world wrestles to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, many of you will now be reading this from your homes. So much has been said by people far more qualified than us, that we won’t add to the noise.
Instead, we want to highlight a few stories that show how vital you as publishers are in a landscape where access to information is now a matter of life and death:
- Many publishers are trying different strategies to continue serving their readers in this time of disruption. WNIP’s Faisal Kalim looks at some of the ways organisations are adapting;
- FIPP have an expert Q&A on how to set up remote working practices for magazines and newspapers, from building a remote workflow to smoothing the transition for employees;
- When health experts and the government are recommending different responses, how should news organisations and broadcasters respond? The Conversation has published an excellent piece with some recommendations for journalists;
- Unsurprisingly publishers have seen a ‘significant surge in traffic’ as a result of the crisis. Many have now dropped their paywalls and are releasing information for free to build trust with audiences;
- Finally, Denis Muller questions the ethics of current reporting on coronavirus, arguing that the media’s job is to tell a story in the detail necessary for a good public understanding, and not to fuel anxiety and panic.
We wish you all the best in the weeks to come. Stay safe, and stay trusted. Your public awaits…
This bump in traffic is being driven by people who increasingly staying indoors to protect themselves and scouring the web for updates about the coronavirus epidemic.
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