When the newsroom becomes your living room: Reporting in the age of COVID-19

As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, many media organizations have taken extreme measures to create social distance with reporters and managers and other staff and this has meant that most of these journalists are now working from home.

For reporters, working from home could be a drastic change at a time of extreme pressure and anxiety.  For managers used to leading in a full newsroom transitioning to digital accountability and producing measures might be intimidating. But we have some words of comfort: Do not panic. You are not alone. Freelance journalists and solo correspondents work under similar conditions every day. They work from home, adapt to changes, assignments and situations. They also beef up on new digital skills and create workflows that allow them to break stories and make news.

Now is the time to look at how they do it. They have the best advice on how to cope, get organized and do your job effectively whether you are sitting in your living room or patio or outside in front of a business. This webinar will provide NAHJ members the tools they need to excel at a difficult time when journalists are expected to produce daily stories covering COVID-19 or any local story that must be covered every day.

Format and Program Draft

  • Comfort: creating a productive working space
  • Creating and managing a workflow
  • Intro to digital news-gathering tools
  • Communication is still key: Slack channels and Zoom meetings
  • Building sources
  • From cybersecurity to self-care

Key Objectives

  • Help journalists working from home for the first time.
  • Provide NAHJ members with useful tools used by freelancers so they can perform well and produce remotely without feeling isolated and/or without resources.
  • Build strategies to self-care and stay connected to the outside world without becoming overwhelmed.


Register here:

First Session - April 17 at 7:00pm EST

Second Session - April 24 at 7:00pm EST


Trainers: Romina Ruiz and Mc Nelly Torres


For more information about our online training please contact us at [email protected].


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