COVID-19: The Impact on News Media

19 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

Date Written: June 8, 2020


The paper looks at the formidable challenges that have shaken the news media industry over the past weeks. The COVID-19 outbreak has aggravated to critical proportions the threats that have long plagued news media for the public good. Ironically, as is the case in all times of crises, this comes at a time when trusted, accurate, impartial and timely information is more essential than ever. The pandemic has ravaged newsrooms, intensified the pressure on media freedom, produced an avalanche of disinformation and put journalists' lives at risk. In this fast-moving, treacherous landscape, could there also be scope for opportunities?

Keywords: COVID-19, News Media, Shrinking Newsrooms, Media freedom, Disinformation

Suggested Citation

Pullicino, Lourdes, COVID-19: The Impact on News Media (June 8, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Lourdes Pullicino (Contact Author)

University of Malta ( email )

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