Columbia Journalism Review published an article titled ‘What needs to be done to help the media industry?’ which explores how the disintegration of the traditional financial model and the advent of the coronavirus have decimated media’s future, unless we collectively act to support it.

The piece explores the possibility of treating news publishers as non-for-profit organisations, as well as increasing ad revenue and possible government support.

Whichever way publishers decide to move forward, though, without support from the people, freedom of the press will decline, as will public access to truth and information.

Read the full piece here.

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Press freedom in the age of COVID-19

The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom is speaking to journalists and publishers in the Asia–Pacific to determine the impact the COVID-19 virus has had – and is having – on press freedom in the region.

Please help us gather this data by taking this short survey, and sharing it with other journalists, publishers and press freedom organisations, so that we can design effective and long-term regional solutions to support press freedom in the Asia–Pacific.

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