Covering the pandemic

Illustration by Darrel Frost

In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended much of the world’s journalism—through news outlet closures, furloughs and layoffs, shelved stories, reshuffled newsroom priorities, and the reconsideration of how reporters gather and share information with their audiences. Keep up with CJR’s coverage of the pandemic and its intersections with journalism via the running list below.—The Editors


Fighting misinformation during a pandemic (April 30, 2020)

There’s no wisdom in crowd photos (April 29, 2020)

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter: Rural health coverage (April 28, 2020)

With Trump, sunlight is not the best disinfectant (April 27, 2020)

Pandemic coverage and information gaps (April 27, 2020)

The Kicker: The hunger for COVID-19 and climate crisis coverage (April 24, 2020)

What needs to be done to help the media industry? (April 24, 2020)

When science loses its voice (April 23, 2020)

Amplifying the coronavirus protests (April 22, 2020)

The good news trend: Uplifting? Delusional? Both? (April 21, 2020)

Working from Hamra (April 21, 2020)

The Tow COVID-19 Newsletter: Is the media the mirror or the antidote? (April 20, 2020)

Coronavirus continues to take its toll on the media industry (April 20, 2020)

A battered FOIA colides with the $2 trillion bailout (April 20, 2020)

The Kicker: Liz Bruenig on covering spirituality and death in a plague year (April 17, 2020)

The right-wing media’s rallying cry: Anti-lockdown edition (April 17, 2020)

A people’s history of a pandemic (April 16, 2020)

The sports press without the sports (April 15, 2020)

China, conspiracy theories, and the murky coronavirus origin story (April 15, 2020)

‘The media tends to neglect us’: An interview with Russell Jeung (April 14, 2020)

When an election year becomes a sideshow (April 14, 2020)

How right-wing media is covering the COVID-19 pandemic (April 13, 2020)

Short guide to reporting security during a pandemic (April 13, 2020)

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter (April 13, 2020)

Some of the worst takes of the coronavirus crisis, animated (April 10, 2020)

The difficulty of seeing the coronavirus (April 10, 2020)

What Google and Facebook need to do to fight disinformation (April 9, 2020)

Speculation abounds as Boris Johnson enters the ICU (April 7, 2020)

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter (April 6, 2020)

The biggest stories of our time (April 6, 2020)

The Kicker: A visit to an ER COVID-19 unit gives new perspective on pandemic data (April 3, 2020)

The Cuomo brothers in prime time (April 3, 2020)

Does reporting on panic buying fuel panic buying? (April 3, 2020)

In a pandemic, what is essential journalism? (April 2, 2020)

Zoom under pressure (April 2, 2020)

Podcasts in the time of quarantine (April 1, 2020)

Can live TV become journalism again? (April 1, 2020)

Curing local news for good (March 31, 2020)

America’s local newspapers confront an apocalypse (March 31, 2020)

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter (March 30, 2020)

No, journalism can’t wait until ‘after this war is over’ (March 30, 2020)

MSNBC public editor: Please close 30 Rock (March 30, 2020)

Accountability reporting during a pandemic (March 27, 2020)

The miscalculations of coronavirus journalism (March 27, 2020)

Glowing coverage of Cuomo also raises difficult questions (March 27, 2020)

The Kicker: COVID-19, communities in need (March 26, 2020)

How metro papers are dealing with the pressure of COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)

Public access to information suffers under the coronavirus (March 25, 2020)

COVID-19 and the media’s climate coverage capabilities (March 25, 2020)

With Trump’s coronavirus briefings, an old debate takes on fresh urgency (March 25, 2020)

COVID-19 is spawning a global press-freedom crackdown (March 25, 2020)

How the COVID Tracking Project fills the public health data gap (March 24, 2020)

Journalism Needs a Stimulus. Here’s What it Should Look Like (March 24, 2020)

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s tightrope act (March 24, 2020)

Coronavirus and a Freelancer’s Dilemma (March 23, 2020)

The Tow Center’s COVID-19 Newsletter (March 23, 2020)

In coronavirus coverage, a tricky balance between scrutiny and amplification (March 23, 2020)

Pandemic, photography, and psychological distance (March 20, 2020)

The challenges of reporting on a global pandemic (March 20, 2020)

Disinformation meets the coronavirus (March 19, 2020)

Comforting reading for troubled times (March 19, 2020)

The psychological toll of coronavirus coverage (March 19, 2020)

How to cover a fast-moving pandemic (March 18, 2020)

China expels American journalists at the worst possible time (March 18, 2020)

How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus (March 17, 2020)

The everything story (March 16, 2020)

How the coronavirus could hurt the news business (March 13, 2020)

No, Trump did not ban travel from ‘Europe’ (March 12, 2020)

The Kicker: Local media and COVID-19: the canary in the coal mine (March 12, 2020)

Pandemic in the right-wing mediasphere (March 12, 2020)

I’m not under quarantine. Am I? (March 12, 2020)

Chris Hayes on how to cover COVID-19 responsibly (March 11, 2020)

Mini Tuesday in the shadow of the coronavirus (March 11, 2020)

How the coronavirus could limit shoeleather reporting (March 10, 2020)

The many challenges of covering the coronavirus (March 9, 2020)

Preserving a ‘national memory’ of an outbreak (March 2, 2020)

The Sunday shows fail to link the coronavirus and the campaign (March 2, 2020)

The coronavirus and Trump’s diseased credibility (February 28, 2020)

The new coronavirus and racist tropes (February 25, 2020)

How to name a coronavirus (February 24, 2020)

The Kicker: Coronavirus, China’s press, and the disappearance of Chen Quishi (February 13, 2020)