Bluegrass SPJ holds panel discussion on covering the COVID-19 pandemic

The world’s biggest story in 75 years is also a local story for everyone: the coronavirus pandemic. It has posed special challenges for news organizations at a time when they were already challenged: the politicization of public health, pushback from audiences, confusing data, and pandemic fatigue – among audiences and journalists.

To help journalists with this story, the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held an online panel discussion, “Covering the Pandemic,” Thursday, Oct. 22. The panelists included:

  • Alex Acquisto, health reporter, Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Jennifer P. Brown of Hopkinsville, who recovered from Covid-19 and wrote about it in her online newspaper, Hoptown Chronicle
  • Ben Sheroan, editor, The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, who can speak to the pushback newspapers receive from their coverage of the pandemic
  • Brian Neal, news director at Lexington’s WLEX-TV, who will address the fatigue factor experienced by journalists
  • Susan Dunlap, executive director of the Office of Public Affairs of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, who will speak to the communications challenges of government agencies

You can view the discussion by clicking on this link:

The discussion was moderated by Melissa Patrick, reporter for Kentucky Health News.

The Society of Professional Journalists has stood for improving and protecting journalism since 1909. For more information, see or visit the Bluegrass SPJ Chapter’s page on Facebook.



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