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COVID-19 Briefing #3 (4.15.20) – Journalism & Informing Communities

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #3 – April 15, 2020

Topic: Journalism: informing communities and fostering equity during COVID-19

Guest speaker #1: Stefanie Murray, Director – Center for Cooperative Media

Guest speaker #2: Brit Harley, News Voices Fellow – WBGO

Guest speaker #3: Miriam Axel-Lute, Associate Director/Editor – Shelterforce

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Demographic data sources on who is being affected by COVID-19, though these are still limited
  • Community-centered journalism programming (digital town halls, phone tree info sharing,
  • Mental Health hotlines and virtual offerings
  • Hubs & Collaboratives looking for partnerships or providing information
  • Artist resources
Download the full summary and resource links here.

“Last night I didn’t sleep because I was thinking about this [model of bringing people together]. With the New Jim Crow Project [focusing on mass incarceration] we have to plan events and programs all the time and suddenly I’m thinking that more people have to have conversations: I don’t have to have a keynote speaker, I have to create the kinds of programs that have people talking with each other and thinking about action steps. So it’s really changing the model for us about the way we’re going to do our communicating and programs and raising the level of self-awareness in education.”

– Barbara Flythe – Campaign to End Jim Crow (Trenton)