Hi there. It’s been a while. Might want to sit down for this one, because it’s a bit long.
News about news, COVID-19 edition
Informer malgré les risques : les médias forcés de s'adapter pour accomplir leur mission.
— Céline Galipeau (@CGalipeauTJ) April 21, 2020
- J-Source has mapped out how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected media across the country.
- Most newspaper websites with paywalls have dropped them for coronavirus stories, including the Montreal Gazette and Globe and Mail. Postmedia went further thanks to a sponsorship by Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters, which paid to have paywalls dropped entirely for a month at many Postmedia sites (the Montreal Gazette is not one of them).
- Most media outlets are having their journalists and production staff working from home wherever possible. Le Devoir, the Montreal Gazette, the Journal de Montréal, La Presse, CBC and Radio-Canada are among those writing about how they’ve done that. Corus VP Troy Reeb describes what Global News employees are doing, as does Sean O’Shea.
- The Canadian Press looks at how news, culture and lifestyle TV hosts are keeping their shows going in English Canada.
- Postmedia has cut salaries for non-union staff (including senior managers) making more than $60,000 a year, and is asking unionized staff to do the same. Union locals have rejeced this, but the company is still negotiating. Postmedia also won’t be hiring any interns this summer, and has cut down drastically on freelancing (Gazette columnist Jack Todd is among those cut).
- The Montreal Gazette has put its weekly West Island section on hiatus during the crisis.
- La Presse is taking action to boost revenue, including 30-second ads when you open the La Presse+ app, and requiring registration.
- L’Itinéraire, a magazine published and sold by needy people in Quebec, has had to stop production during the pandemic, so La Presse is publishing it instead.
- 24 Heures, a free newspaper distributed in large part by hand outside metro stations in Montreal, has had to stop doing that because of an STM order. Fortunately for them, this comes just weeks after Métro pulled the plug on its exclusivity deal with the STM a year early to save money, so both newspapers have stands inside metro stations together for the first time.
- CTV Montreal has stopped doing local news inserts in Your Morning during the pandemic.
- J-Source has a memo from The Canadian Press outlining bad news and less-bad news stemming from the pandemic.
- Le Devoir looks at how specialty magazines, whose topics are decided months in advance, have reacted to the pandemic.
- Some nursing homes have banned delivery of newspapers and magazines as a safety measure.
- Exclaim! has cut most of its staff.
- BuzzFeed News reports advertisers are blocking their ads from appearing on coronavirus-related news websites, thereby depriving news organizations devoting additional resources to covering the virus the extra revenue they need to keep doing so.
- A Toyota dealership in Ste-Agathe has apologized after running an ad about “Corolla-Virus“ in the local newspaper.
- Bell Media and Global News have been hit by the virus in Toronto, as has a manager at TVA Sherbrooke and Quebecor columnist Antoine Robitaille.
- The Guignolée des médias, usually a Christmas fundraiser involving Quebec media, has reactivated to help people in need during the pandemic.
- Marc-André Gagnon, president of the Quebec Press Gallery, and the guy who runs François Legault’s daily press briefings, writes a bit about how it works.
- The pandemic has led to virtual court hearings, which has some hopes up that technology could open up access to the court system for journalists.
- The pandemic has made things worse for the already poorly functioning access to information system at the federal government.
- The pandemic has devastated newspaper ad revenue, but inflated its obituaries sections. We’ve seen something similar in Montreal.
- Hunger for coronavirus news means ABC World News Tonight is now the most popular show on television in the U.S.