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Views Preview: The Challenge of Covering Coronavirus

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Journalists across the United States are finding themselves affected by the spread of the coronavirus. What’s the biggest challenge facing the news media as the epidemic spreads?

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Would the media skew coronavirus coverage to damage Trump? Sure, say CPAC attendees.

Oliver Darcy, CNN: “How Trump and his Fox News allies are infecting the public trust amid coronavirus concerns

Annie Karni, New York Times: “Trump criticizes media for coverage of coronavirus

Michael M. Grynbaum & Rachel Abrams, New York Times: “Right-wing media says virus fears were whipped up to hurt Trump

Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: “Trump is pushing a dangerous, false spin on coronavirus – and the media is helping him spread it

Martin Pengelly, The Guardian: “Donald Trump accuses Democrats of ‘fearmongering’ over coronavirus

Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review: “The coronavirus and Trump’s diseased credibility

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Conservative pundits blame a grab of supposed villians amid the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus & advertising

Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune: “Widespread coronavirus quarantine would create captive audience for TV stations, WGN-TV owner Nexstar says

Todd Spangler, Variety: “Coronavirus spread benefits Netflix, other ‘stay-at-home’ companies, analysts say

Newsblues: “Coronavirus could be good for Nexstar sez Perry

Megan Graham, CNBC: “New York Times warns it’s seeing a slowdown in ad bookins due to coronavirus fears

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg: “Virus scare hits N.Y. Times ad sales, dragging down publishers

Coronavirus and travel

Maxwell Tani, The Daily Beast: “CNN, NYT, Condé, WSJ, and other media giants implement coronavirus restrictions

Joshua Benton, Nieman Lab: “Coronavirus fears lead to another journalism conference cancelation, this time in Perugia

Jim Milliot with Ed Nawotka & Karen Raugust, Publishers Weekly: “What the new coronavirus means for publishing

Reporting without spreading misinformation

Laura Helmuth, The Open Notebook: “Tipsheet: Covering the coronavirus epidemic effectively without spreading misinformation

Chris Matthews quits on live tv

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Chris Matthews retire from MSNBC after string of recent controversies

Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: "Column: Lessons in the fall of my friend Chris Matthews"

Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “Chris Matthews out at MSNBC

Josephine Harvey, HuffPost: “Visibly stunned Steve Kornacki takes over on-air after Chris Matthews resigns

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Chris Matthews, MSNBC host of ‘Hardball,’ quits on air after several controversies

Joe Concha, The Hill: “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews absent from air amid sexual harassment allegations

David Bauder, Associated Press: “Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, cites comments to women

Laura Bassett, GQ: “Like Warren, I had my own sexist run-in with Chris Matthews

Laura Bassett, HuffPost: “Me too, I think? When sexual harassment feels all too normal

Maintaining impartiality

Caryn A. Wilson & Lara Takenaga, New York Times: “No politics till the 7th date? How journalist try to stay impartial

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “NYT’s Peter Baker, superhuman anti-bias machine

Is the New York Times bad for journalism

Ben Smith: New York Times: “Why the success of the New York Times is may be bad for journalism

Sarah Scire, Nieman Lab: “In his first media column for the New York Times, Ben Smith says journalism’s problem might be the New York Times

Sinclair-YouTube Impasse

Todd Spangler, Variety: “YouTube TV keeps Fox Regional Sports networks in lineup as Sinclair talks continue

Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune: “YouTube TV effectively drops the Cubs’ Marquee network before ever carrying it. Is removing Sinclair’s regional sports channels a negotiating ploy or something more?

Pat Gurwin, The Streamable: “Breaking: Fox RSNs & YES Network to be dropped from YouTube TV on February 29th

Andrew Bucholtz, Awful Announcing: “No Comcast deal for Sinclair’s new Marquee RSN could mean around $100 million annually in lost revenue

Wayne Friedman, Television News Daily: “Sinclair to rebrand regional sports networks, Q4 profit below analysts’ estimates

Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable: “Marquee Sports Net gets WOW broadband carriage

Recess for ‘Judge Judy’


Toyin Owoseje, CNN: “’Judge Judy’ is coming to an end after 25 seasons

Ron Dicker, HuffPost: “Judge Judy announces the end of her court show and start of a new one

AMY SIMONS teaches news literacy, multimedia journalism and advanced social media strategies.