Due to the economic pressures of the digital era and media consolidation, the demise of the traditional newsroom was well underway before the COVID-19 pandemic. Writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, journalist Ruth Margalit describes how the pandemic accelerated the process. The pandemic moved print and broadcast news staffers rapidly to remote work. But virtual reporting offers unique challenges – especially for novice reporters without existing sources and networks. Despite its pitfalls, remote work creates opportunities for talented people who might not have snagged newsroom jobs, thus expanding the diversity of reporting.
About the Author
Ruth Margalit began her career at Haaretz and served as international news desk editor for Channel 10 News in Israel. She has been on the editorial staff at The New Yorker since 2011.