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A 2020 survey from the Journalism and the Pandemic Project delves into the situation of journalists working during the pandemic. It paints a bleak picture, but also offers some optimism. The 1,406 respondents describe restrictions, lack of protective gear, harassment from law enforcement and government officials, a flood of disinformation – some from those same officials – and the threat of the virus itself. Nevertheless, as Julie Posetti, Peter G. Brown and Emily Bell report in The Columbia Journalism Review, many respondents report that amid the crisis they feel a renewed commitment to their role and new levels of engagement with their audience.
About the Authors
Julie Posetti leads the International Center for Journalists’ global research program. Emily Bell is director of the Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, where research director Peter Brown heads the Content Analysis Hub for the Publishers and Platforms project.