As a result of COVID-19, more than 50 newsrooms have closed, thousands of journalists have been furloughed, had their wages cut or been laid off. To document the experience of local newspapers, newspaper employees are being asked to take part in an online survey being conducted by Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, in partnership with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
Staff members at papers with print circulation under 50,000 are encouraged to share their experiences through this online survey.
Radcliffe said, "Although coronavirus is top of mind, our discussions need to go beyond that."
He said: "We need to know more about wider trends in local journalism too, such as the move to subscriptions, the growing importance of digital, and how issues of equity and diversity — in both newsroom coverage and personnel — are being addressed."
Learn more about the survey