a journalist’s responsibility in the age of covid-19

Like it or not, the world today is not the world of three months, three weeks or even three days ago. With the advent and advance of the novel coronavirus known as covid-19, everything is different. Everything. From now on.

For tweens, teens and 20-somethings, this is going to be a lot like 9-11 was for people in their 40s and 50s – a landmark event after which your entire world view changes and nothing is ever really the same.

It is imperative journalists take seriously their responsibilities in this time of global pandemic and the resulting worldwide humanitarian crisis.

Journalists owe it to the public and to themselves to only report actual facts, proven facts backed up by corroboration. In the context of pure news articles, they should never make their biases known.  That’s what editorials and opinion pieces are for.

Many of us feel like we cannot trust our governments. We need to be able to trust our journalists. Journalists need to rise to this challenge and make sure they are a beacon of honesty, hope and reliability in the weeks and months to come.

We are all in this together and we need to act like it. It may be apocryphal, but a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin coming to mind is “We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

This especially includes journalists. Step up. Be part of the solution.