Writing for The Media Leader, Newsworks director of research and insight Denise Turner explains how readers turn to quality journalism to understand the complexities of the crises happening around them
Today marks two years to the day since the historic announcement by Boris Johnson imploring us all to stay at home to stem the rising tide of coronavirus pandemic. We could not possibly have foreseen what the next 24 months would hold. Unsurprisingly, Covid has dominated the news cycle for all of those months and despite the recent rise in infections, it does indeed feel as if we are learning to live with it.
However, it feels as though we’ve jumped from one crisis to another (albeit of a very different kind) over the last few weeks as we have watched aghast as Russia invaded Ukraine. There are heartbreaking stories being played out of those fleeing for their lives, told by journalists risking their own lives to report from the frontline.
What these national and international crises have served to reinforce is the critical role of quality news and journalism, sitting at the very forefront of providing trusted and accurate information against a backdrop of disinformation and misinformation.
Read Denise’s full blog for The Media Leader here.