Icelandic newsrooms in a pandemic mode

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Covid 19 has had enormous impact on media firms all over the world, adding
further economic pressures to a sector already suffering problems. Two different trends come together in the present situation, a challenge to the economic
model of traditional media and a massive move to remote or working from
home practices by journalists and editorial staff. This, in conjunction with other
changes in the media environment, has raised questions about traditional institutions of journalism and journalist practices such as the physical newsroom.
Speculation about virtual newsrooms or remote journalism practices and a wave
of newsroom closures or downsizing due to Covid 19 in the summer and fall
of 2020 has highlighted these concerns even further. In this context the paper
looks systematically at the response of Icelandic newsrooms to the ban on gatherings that was introduced in the first wave of Covid 19 in the spring of 2020.
The practical measures taken by the newsrooms are looked at, the experience of
journalists recorded, and the content output measured, analysed, and compared
to the same period the year before. Results show that work processes were
radically changed, journalists showed flexibility and are relatively open towards
permanent changes based on their experience of working from home. There is
an impact on content output, but it is in most cases marginal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-166
Number of pages20
JournalStjórnmál og stjórnsýsla
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020

Other keywords

  • Newsrooms
  • Journalists
  • Work from home
  • COVID-19
  • Icelandic media

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