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Breaking news: the economic impact of covid-19 on the global news media industry

April 14, 2022

Global

Breaking news: the economic impact of covid-19 on the global news media industry

April 14, 2022

Global
Antonia Kerle

Manager, Policy and insights

Antonia Kerle is a research manager with Economist Impact’s Policy & Insights practice. Antonia leads research programs for foundations, international organisations, private sector clients and non-profits seeking evidence-based analysis and policy recommendations. She specialises in the intersection of media, technology and education. She leads Economist Impact’s work on technology and media in the EMEA region, with a focus on topics relating to media viability, disinformation, hate speech and trust in institutions. Antonia holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College. She also has a certificate in Data, Law and Policy from the London School of Economics.

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The global news media industry is under threat at a time when access to trustworthy, independent journalism is, for many, a matter of life and death.

New research by Economist Impact, supported by UNESCO, finds that Covid-19 intensified economic pressures facing the global news media industry. Outlets in low- and middle-income countries have been the most severely impacted, with a rate of decline almost two times faster than the global average. This has led to newsroom closures, layoffs and pay cuts for journalists at a time when access to trustworthy information is desperately needed.

Without urgent action the pandemic threatens the fundamental existence of free, fair, independent news media ecosystems all over the world.

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