Mitch's Media Musings
March 16 - April 15, 2020
Needless to say, the COVID situation is dominating all media coverage. We're going to try to note general trends and specific issues in the media this month.
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Television stations - Reporters are more amendable to doing interviews via Facetime Live, Zoom or Skype. Anchors are distancing themselves on set, reporting from different studios, or from their homes.
Many reporters aren't going into their stations at all but simply working from home and meeting their photographer(s) at the site of news stories.
We're seeing a high demand from media for stories about every aspect of the COVID pandemic. Not just health, but how nonprofits are reacting, places of worship, restaurants, small businesses, etc.
Unfortunately, the economic effects of the pandemic are already being felt in our media industry. Several local reporters have been laid off:
Clayton/Henry News - Joe Adgie, Darius Goodman
Gwinnett Daily Post - Sports writers David Freidlander, Christine Troyke
Neighbor Newspapers - Tom Spigolon, Christine Fonville, Bill Baldowski
Around the Rings - Ed Hula is available for interviews regarding the status of the Tokyo Olympics. As of 3-20, the Games had not yet been postponed or cancelled.
The paper is allowing free access to its e-edition (usually behind a paywall).
The AJC has started a Coronavirus newsletter.
The weekly Friday "Go Guide" is now being called the "Do Guide."
The paper is looking for positive stories for their Inspire Atlanta feature.
Georgia Public Broadcasting
Oz - The magazine will not distribute print editions of its current issue. It's available online at https://issuu.com/ozonline/docs/oz_mag_mar-apr_2020
The station's Atlanta & Co. show is on temporary hiatus.
The station is doing a new, probably temporary, news show at noon.
They've had one reporter who's been temporarily quarantined due to exposure, but my understanding is that she's remaining healthy (if a bit stir crazy).
News from the PR Dept.