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This page attempts to pull together news, advice and guidance and will be updated regularly. Needless to say, it’s not comprehensive.
- Industry resources & guidance
- Updates from our advertising partners
- Selection of articles and news stories about coronavirus
- Your dispatches from the publishing frontline
Industry resources & guidance
The following industry bodies have created special pages or websites to give advice about the coronavirus pandemic:
- PPA: INDEX: COVID-19 Hub
- FIPP: Expert Q&A: How to set up a remote work process
- ABC: Rule changes, guidance and our approach during the pandemic
- BPA Worldwide: Special statement
- WAN-IFRA has launched a specialist website: coronanewsroom.org
- The Society of Editors is publishing a regular e-bulletin with news and advice during the crisis. You can sign up to it here.
- National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN): COVID-19 Advice
- HM Government: Coronavirus Financial Support
- And, not forgetting, the government’s advice on personal safety: Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Updates from our advertising partners
What some of our advertising partners are saying and doing (shown in alphabetical order):
Selection of articles and news stories about coronavirus
Here are links to coronavirus related news stories and articles (in date order, with the most recent shown first):
- News: Newsquest launches campaign to thank frontline NHS staff
- News: Incisive launches Deskflix
- News: Glamour features 9 inspiring NHS heroes
- News: Forbes launches Forbes Forums
- News: News industry joins forces on free Home News Delivery
- News: Marketers urged to 'back don't block British journalism' as Covid-19 hits online advertising
- News: Time Out magazine announces temporary Time In
- News: WAN-IFRA launches coronanewsroom
- Article: Coronavirus and the media - challenges and opportunities
- News: Newsquest launches free home delivery partnership with retailers
- News: SoE calls on government to ensure news provision and distribution
- Comment: Every cloud has a silver lining
- News: The Big Issue adapts to empty streets
- News: CUP increases coronavirus support for academic customers
- News: Coronavirus: Daily Local Media Titles run Joint Front Page
- News: PageSuite to Release Emergency Solution for Publishers
- News: Condé Nast Italia gives free access
- Comment: The welcome return of the expert
- News: Emerald launches fund to support coronavirus research
- Article: 17 Important Tips For Anyone Who's Working From Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak
Your dispatches from the publishing frontline
Do you have a dispatch? Something to help and inspire others? We would like to hear and publish your stories about how you are coping. We are particularly interested in tips on how to get through this crisis, advice about homeworking, new things and initiatives you’re trying, noteworthy experiences / insights / observations about publishing strategy at a time of crisis. Please make your stories no more than 200 words and email to email@example.com, along with an (optional) picture of yourself.
The pieces below are published in date order, with the most recent shown first:
Dan Healy, EMG Health: “At EMG-Health, the safety and well-being of our employees is our priority, so we made the decision much earlier than other companies and govt advice for the entire workforce to work from home. Although unprecedented for us, the migration was flawless, mainly due to the ‘can do’ attitude of our staff, their motivation and buy-in, and our solid IT infrastructure. To try and maintain BAU interaction and collaboration, our depts have MS Teams video meetings three times a day in addition to the usual cross departmental ad hoc meetings as and when required. We have also set up a virtual ‘coffee lounge’ in Teams where staff can interact less formally through video whenever they want, we’ve also adopted Zoom, and created a mental health team who constantly check in on the welfare of our staff and support those in need.
Business is still good. We’ve reached out to our clients proactively to offer our support and also to offer them contingency plans in case their plans change over this uncertain time – the more certainty we can give them, the easier it makes it for them. Many medical congresses in the foreseeable future have been cancelled, but we are still helping the companies deliver their research, knowledge, and expert insight through our direct access to almost 500,000 healthcare professionals. We are also still publishing all of our journals as planned on schedule and are even managing to carry on recording podcasts, so we have maintained our manoeuvrability and are getting through these challenging times by sticking to our core principles, albeit with the workforce not in the office.
Also, to help educate healthcare professionals on COVID-19 we’ve launched a free to access dedicated micro site with specialist news, opinion and comment from carefully selected industry sources, and a page where hospitals and health care providers can connect with suppliers of medical devices that they are in need of. We hope this not-for-profit initiative will help the global fight against this deadly pandemic.
Each day we are one day closer...”
Robert McCaffrey, Pro Global Media: “Here at Global Cement Magazine, we’ve converted three conference to virtual events and will be working on various projects to ‘pivot’ to virtual services in the coming months. This is an opportunity not to be missed.”
Steve Dyson, Dyson Media: “I've had physical courses cancelled left, right and centre, although I can do some remotely.
At the same time, I've had a new series of podcasts commissioned for one client and regular vodcasts requested by another because I've got the know-how to record remotely. The know-how I taught myself the day before yesterday!
Two sides of the same coin! At least in the short term.”