Resource desk, webinars help publishers cope

WAN-Ifra has launched a COVID-19 resource desk for news media professionals at

The group says it will share members' experiences, best-practice, crucial resources, and the things it has been able to do to help.

"The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reverberating within news organisations, impacting every aspect of publishing: newsroom organisation, distribution, production, planning, coordination and ensuring staff's safety and well-being," says chief executive Vincent Peyregne.

"With each passing day of the crisis, journalism is showing unequivocally, why it matters. WAN-Ifra is mobilising its staff, members and different communities to exchange their experiences, ideas and support for each other."

A series of webinars started on March 18 to address some of the main challenges facing news media by drawing on the practical experiences of media from around the world.

Three upcoming webinars cover:

>>Newspaper Production and COVID 19 - Paper March 25 Time: 02:00 PM CET

>> Ensuring the safety of field reporters March 26 Time: 09:30 AM CET | Expert advice and practical tips to ensure maximum planning, preparation and responsiveness in relation to journalists reporting on health emergencies generally, and the current outbreak specifically.

>> Reporting: Ethics and Standards Thursday, April 2 Time: 01:00 PM CET | Strengthening ethical reporting as a means of providing essential, accurate public information and examining the media's role in debunking growing misinformation about the status of the outbreak.

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