Media During Health Crisis
Health crisis are hard for everyone. Whether you’re a mother learning how to homeschool for the first time, or whether you’re a teacher in public school’s learning how to navigate online schooling — nobody is taught how to navigate health crisis’.
The COVID — 19 pandemic brought new challenges journalists had not seen before.
Journalists understand their role to keep those in power accountable, while also delivering deserving information to the public. However, journalists do not always relay information in the best way, nor always with all of the facts.
The pandemic only increased this challenge while public tolerance for it was lowered.
It is important to cover health crisis’s in order to inform the public on decisions that are being made that they may not be aware about — esspecially if it concerns them. It is also important to relay how public officials are handling and treating the health crisis so the public knows how serious it is or not.
However, in cases of public health and government officials, journalists can easily find themselves stuck in the web of politics — where it gets very messy.
We saw the COVID — 19 pandemic was extrmely politiczed. Some journalists took advantage and played into the politics — which further upset communities — while others did a good job simply relaying what was occurring.
Articles such as this one by FOX business do a good job on informing the public on explaining how taxpayers might want understand the current lawsuit against Moderna, while not telling them to care or to want something different to occur.
This article — not typical of FOX but pleasantly surprised — doesn’t get involved in the politics of vaccines and whether or not you should “get the jab”.
An unfortunate piece of journalism during the COVUD-19 pandemic is this piece by the New York Times.
The New York Times and Trump have a long history of not getting along. And while Trump was presiendt he was the one “in power”. However, NYT worked hard to not keep him there.
The opening paragraph of this article demonstrates the NYT’s distaste for Trump, by piling information with hopes to negate his claim. However, this is NYT playing into politics — portraying Trump as an enemy — verses truly conveying the issue — that Trump tested positive.
The NYT failed at its job of keeping the public informed, and instead of focusing on the real enemy — the virus — they turned Trump into the enemy.
Very rare do public officials and journaalists get along. Nobody want’s to be thrown under the bus for not doing thier job. However, journalists love to keep those in power accountable, but don’t like to be called out for their mistakes.
Journalists are given the beautiful opportunity to shed lights on aspects of health crisis’s that may otherwise go unoticed. It is our job not to abuse that opportunity and do serve the community like we were designed to do.