Publishing vs. COVID-19

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3:36 PM

In the news: How are news editors adapting to the unique challenges presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic?

The news industry was already facing its fair share of struggles before COVID-19 put the entire world on pause. Now, the pandemic has sent the global economy into a tailspin and forced many struggling publishers to lay off or furlough employees.

But the news isn't all bad. This week, Nu Yang of Editor & Publisher spoke with top news editors about how they've adapted to the coronavirus. For instance, Seattle Times executive editor Michele Matassa Flores tells Yang that from the early days of the pandemic, "the newsroom was already in brainstorming sessions discussing coverage and going over what tech hardware and software they needed if they had to work remotely."

What's more, Yang reports, "We're seeing more collaboration and unity among news organizations around the world, and ... the crisis has reminded people about the importance of local journalism."

Read more here.

Also Notable

Publishers Face Affiliate Fee Challenges

As we wait for the worst of the pandemic to pass, some publishers have reported that they're seeing lots of traffic to commerce content, reports Lucinda Southern of But there's a downside to this spike in consumer interest, she says: "This huge surge in demand can also threaten publishers' commerce revenue lines as retailers close their affiliate programs and merchants reduce commission rates to zero for products in high demand.... As a result, publishers could be losing out on 25% of revenue by sending traffic to retailers that have lowered commission rates to zero." Read more here.

Playboy Shutters Print Edition

After 66 years, Playboy magazine has published its final print issue. Greg Dool of reports that the brand will switch to a "digital-first" strategy moving forward. However, he notes that CEO Ben Kohn has indicated that the magazine will publish "some special editions and collections in print next year." Read more here.

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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3:36 PM

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Recovery Help

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When the national health crisis subsides, editors unfortunately should not expect to easily resume business as usual. Economists are predicting tough times ahead. In addition, the impact of the crisis may well result in different expectations of us on the part of our audiences. Editors Only will provide a series of articles to help you all through the period of recovery and readjustment.