When COVID-19 first hit, the Missouri School of Journalism quickly realized local newsrooms everywhere would be struggling to keep up with news about the virus. So the school created a “pop-up” newsroom called the Missouri Information Corps. They spent the summer reporting issues related to the pandemic and distributing stories and information to news outlets for free.
They also found new audiences. The newsroom was split into two teams: reporting and distribution. Team distribution experimented with less traditional ways to reach audiences on social media. As avid social media users, the distribution team wanted to develop a plan to tackle the spread of that other virus — misinformation – online.