Communicating COVID-19: Journalism's Role in the Ongoing Pandemic
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Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham once described journalism as “the first rough draft of history.” In the case of COVID-19, creating the first draft has been especially challenging given the lack of information, conflicting opinions, polarized political stances, and a severe and sustained public health threat. The disproportional impact on communities of color has helped activate national protests against long standing racial injustice. This disruption is occurring against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Accurate, timely and credible information is critical to managing this outbreak. Misinformation, conflicting messages and rumors have made the pandemic worse and likely cost lives.
Michael Freedman '74, President of the National Press Club
Alicia Nails, Director of the WSU Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
Beth Konrad '01, President of the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism
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