The Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South

72 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021

See all articles by Damian Radcliffe

Damian Radcliffe

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication; Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies; The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University

Date Written: January 14, 2021

Abstract

This report explores the untold story of how the COVID crisis has impacted on journalists – and journalism - in Emerging Economies and the Global South. It’s a story told not only through the insights of industry leaders, advocates and media experts – but critically, through the voices of the journalists themselves, too often unheard or silenced. It is the first report of its kind to bring together both fact-based data and first-hand experience with this regional focus.

Taking a deep dive into the critical challenges faced by the profession, the report examines issues including the pandemic’s impact on the personal safety and welfare of journalists, the structure of newsrooms and disruption to business models, the proliferation of fake news, and surging threats to media freedom. The study also identifies best practice and innovative approaches that have been developed as a response to the challenges of COVID-19.

Contributing alumni from TRF’s journalism training programmes span 26 countries, sharing their own experiences to illustrate the reality of journalism outside of North America and Western Europe.

Keywords: journalism, journalists, media, media development, media for development, internet, media freedom, freedom of expression, digital media, innovation, media studies, developing world, Global South, emerging economies, infodemic, COVID-19, covid crisis, reporting, censorship

JEL Classification: L82, L86, L89, M30, M37, M38, M39, O30, 031, F50, F60, H10, H12, I1, I10, I12, I14, I15, I18, I19,

Suggested Citation

Radcliffe, Damian, The Impact of COVID-19 on Journalism in Emerging Economies and the Global South (January 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3796666

Damian Radcliffe (Contact Author)

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication ( email )

1280 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://journalism.uoregon.edu/member/radcliffe-damian/

Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/201298-radcliffe-damian

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

HOME PAGE: http://towcenter.org/academics/damian-radcliffe/

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
237
Abstract Views
1,482
Rank
241,268
PlumX Metrics