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The Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating posted a look at the press set up at Southern CT State University for the governor’s briefing at 3 p.m. The Moore Field House there is being converted into a 250-bed field hospital by FEMA and the CT National Guard.
President and CEO of CT Public Broadcasting Mark Contreras sent out a message on social media that reads, in part, “Needless to say, every one of our colleagues at Connecticut Public has exhibited extraordinary flexibility and ingenuity in moving our entire operation to a remote work environment while continuing to broadcast 24/7 ever since. Truly remarkable to me.”
- News12 reporter John Craven revealed on Twitter that he received a positive test for COVID19. Wishing John all the best and a speedy recovery.
- FOX61 reporter Ashley Afonso shared a picture of practicing social distancing while reporting:
John Ruddy, copy desk chief at The Day, gave a behind-the-scenes view of his remote location (home):
WFSB’s Mike Savino shared pictures of Finn on Twitter and it’s exactly what we all needed to see:
- The Hartford Courant’s Daniela Altimari shared some historic front pages on Twitter this morning:
- Hearst CT’s Tara O’Neill shared a simple but poignant story related to taking social distancing seriously during this pandemic:
- Now that so many Connecticut reporters are out on the road for their entire work day, some challenges other than technology have surfaced:
- The Hartford Courant is putting together a coronavirus FAQ with reporters answering readers’ questions, according to the Courant’s director of audience engagement Megan Merrigan.
- FOX61 meteorologist Rachel Frank shared her home studio on Facebook:
- WTNH reporter Mark Davis shared a word of encouragement this morning as he remains at home, following the guidance of public health officials:
- Colin McEnroe shares a picture of his home studio with his canine companion, Declan:
- WTNH photographer Ryan Bernat gets a temperature reading before entering a Red Cross building:
- Publisher of the Republican-American William B. Pape put out a note to readers yesterday. It opens, “Together, we face unprecedented times during this national emergency concerning the coronavirus. We understand now more than ever how critically important our local news reports are.”
- Starting today, FOX61 meteorologist Dan Amarante will be doing a live Facebook “classroom” broadcast every weekday at 11 a.m. for kids and families.
- As of yesterday, Hartford Business Journal removed its paywall on all articles, according to HBJ web editor Joe Cooper.
- NBC CT meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan announced on Twitter that from now on, he will be doing the weather from home:
- Hartford Courant visual journalist Kassi Jackson posted a photo of an empty Courant newsroom. “So weird,” her tweet read.
- WFSB’s Dennis House and Kara Sundlun shared how they are continuing the kids’ schedule while schools statewide remain closed:
- WNPR host Lucy Nalpathanchil shared a “behind the scenes” look at her home studio yesterday:
- Managing editor of the Republican-American Anne Karolyi shared a word of encouragement on Twitter yesterday as the newsroom there continues to go remote:
- NBC CT’s Keisha Grant and Mike Hydeck read children’s books on Facebook tonight. A nice reprieve.
- Hartford Business Journal has removed its paywall on local coronavirus-related content, according to HBJ editor Greg Bordonaro.
- The Hartford Courant has created a new Facebook page for coronavirus news updates. The purpose is “to get you accurate updates quickly and efficiently, and answer as many questions as we can,” according to a tweet sent out this afternoon.
- Former Hartford Courant investigative reporter Matthew Kauffman posted this on Twitter today:
- CT Public’s health reporter Nicole Leonard will be hosting a conversation with local experts concerning the coronavirus and its impact on the state. Questions will come from the public. The special live simulcast, “Connecticut Conversations: Coronavirus,” will be March 19th at 9 p.m. on CPTV and WNPR.
- Vice President of content and editor-in-chief of Hearst CT Media Group Wendy Metcalfe wrote an article explaining “Why covering the coronavirus hit home in more ways than one.” You’ll want to read the whole piece, but here’s a small excerpt:
I cannot recall a time in my many years as an editor-in-chief at various publications where we had to keep such a large workforce safe, while also ensuring we could produce dozens of newspapers and websites from our homes for a long period of time. Don’t get me wrong, our reporters and photographers are still out and about in the communities they serve, but they are doing so safely and smartly with protocols in mind.
- WTNH, Channel 8, will be doing a special daily coronavirus show at 12:30 p.m. starting today, according to Lisa Carberg:
- WTNH’s Mark Davis announced today that he will be “taking an immediate and indefinite leave of absence” because he is not able to “keep the social distancing recommended” for those his age while he works. Read his tweet here.
- Ahead of the Governor’s briefing this afternoon, reporters were encouraged by the Governor’s office to practice social distancing, as tweeted by FOX61’s Spencer Brooks:
- News 12 has told staff to work remotely and not enter the building, according to a report by FTVLive: “Crews have taken their equipment home and will now do their job from the road.”
- FOX61 reporter Tony Terzi tweeted this today:
- Colin McEnroe has started a new blog, “How Are You? I Am Fine.” As he stated on Twitter this morning, “When in doubt, start a new blog.” Here’s an excerpt:
So starting Monday, what the company insists on calling “a skeleton crew” (three of us) will come to the studio, do the show, wipe down surfaces, and leave. Let’s all work on thinking up a term more delightful than “skeleton crew.” Send your entries to email@example.com.
- CT Public announced today that most staff is working remotely “over the coming weeks.” You can see CT Public’s Instagram post here.
- All of Hearst CT staff will be working remotely for the next week, according to reporter Tara O’Neill who posted this picture on Twitter:
- As universities close campuses across the state and transition to online learning, Brooke Reilly, a senior student journalist at Quinnipiac University, shared her thoughts on Twitter:
Hartford Courant reporter Steven Goode posted a picture of the newsroom on Twitter today, saying that “reporters, photographers and editors” there will be working remotely beginning Friday.
The coronavirus coverage has intensified daily as new information breaks.
“Check on your friends who work in news,” FOX61 executive producer Liz Barry wrote on Twitter. “We are going through it right now.”
Hearst CT breaking news reporter Tara O’Neill created a Twitter poll:
Hearst CT health editor and reporter Amanda Cuda replied to O’Neill’s post saying, “It’s tough, particularly when, despite all we write, people complain we’re overblowing this. But we’re just reporting what’s going on!”
CT Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas posted this tonight:
Here’s a roundup of local news outlets’ specific coronavirus coverage:
CT Mirror: COVID-19 Resources Page
CT News Junkie: A page devoted to The COVID19 Tracking Project.
Hartford Business Journal: Special coverage page. Paywall removed on all articles as of 3/17.
The Valley Independent: Homepage coverage.
CT Post: Special coverage page.
The Day: Coronavirus Closures page.
Republican-American: Page devoted to virus coverage.
Norwich Bulletin: Special coverage on right side of homepage.
Record-Journal: Providing free coronavirus coverage here.
Journal Inquirer: Designated updates box on the homepage.
FOX61: Specific coverage page. Text FACTS to 860-527-6161 for a link to coronavirus coverage.
WTNH: Specific coverage page.
WFSB: Specific coverage page.
NBC CT: Specific coverage page.
News 12: Specific coverage page.
WNPR: Specific coverage page.
WTIC 1080: Specific coverage page.