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A Tortoise File

News Alert

First published
Monday 4 May 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

With each passing day, the Covid-19 crisis becomes a bigger economic emergency. Millions of people have already lost their jobs, millions more look set to do so. It’s time for difficult questions. Who is going back to work, when, and on what terms? What’s the plan for resuscitating business and how’s it going to be paid for? What are we getting wrong and what can we learn from others doing better? But are we asking them? We examine whether the media is doing its job.

The media. It matters, particularly at a time like the coronavirus pandemic, when there’s a premium on clear and trustworthy information.

But the media also faces an existential crisis, particularly at a time like the coronavirus pandemic, when a literal plague is being followed by an economic one. Newspapers and other news providers, already reeling from years of declining ad revenues and rising online threats, are likely to go bust.