We don't wait for permission: How to plan when our institutions won’t
Back in March, a bunch of us saw that our newsrooms and institutions were failing to prepare to protect journalists as the pandemic spread. So we got together and made a guide to help people push their newsrooms to create policies that protected their staff.
Four months later, coronavirus is spreading even faster, disinformation is convincing a large minority that it is all a big hoax, and layoffs have thrown many people—including many from our own newsrooms—deeper into precarity. It feels like there is no reprieve in sight. But we aren’t powerless either: with projects like the Newsroom Guide to COVID-19, the COVID Tracking Project, FindTheMasks.com and neighborhood mutual aid projects, we are building ways to support each other with information and physical resources. None of this is enough but with 8 to 14 months to go in the most optimistic estimates, we gotta do something. So let’s take some time to imagine and plan for what’s next.