Covering Coronavirus: Tips, best practices and programs

Check on your editors

Advice from Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity, Loyola University Chicago and Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership

This pandemic has produced an abundance of powerful and painful stories. We worry – as we should – about the resilience of the reporters and photographers bearing witness to COVID-19’s impact on human life.

Behind those reporters and photographers are editors who make their stories stronger and clearer, more understandable and relatable. They see every detail –  the ones that move us to tears and those that may be too raw or graphic to include. 

Editors are immersed in a daily stream of personal tragedies and institutional failures as they attend to story upon story.

Most are doing this work alone, at home. They’re no longer in a newsroom village where they can easily step away from the desk to decompress in the company of colleagues who understand what they’re experiencing.

Take a moment to check in with those who edit your team’s words and images. Keep asking, “Are you okay?”, listen carefully, and then act on what you learn.

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