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Jakarta Post

Real news matters amid twin pandemics

  • Warren Fernandez


Singapore   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
Concept of Coronavirus covid-19 sars-cov-2 alert for hoax fake news and false information in media. (Shutterstock/danielmarin)

Over 120 newsrooms from around the world will come together today to mark World News Day, including journalists from Toronto to Taipei, Spain to Singapore. This, however, is not an occasion for journalists to pat ourselves on the back for the work we do. Rather, the focus is on how journalists go about reporting on issues that matter to our audiences. In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, audiences have been turning to professional journalists like never before.  They want answers on how to stay safe, as well as how to safeguard their jobs. They need to know the facts. They need help separating fact from fiction, amid the pandemic of fake news that has also gone viral. They are looking to people they can trust to help them join the dots, to make sense of these bewildering times.  At a time when so much has been turned on its head, this much has become clear: Real ne...