All hands are on deck as media outlets cover the Covid-19 pandemic and its ever-widening effect on daily life. Many alumni of the Chips Quinn Scholars program are working to provide timely, accurate, informative coverage as the coronavirus continues to move through countries around the globe,with the number of confirmed infections topping 500,000 and deaths exceeding 22,000 by mid-afternoon March 26, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Below is a partial list of the work by Chipsters.
Among the first Chipsters to report on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was Stu Woo (2007), a technology reporter based in Beijing for The Wall Street Journal. A story, published Feb. 8 and written with a colleague who reported from the original epicenter of Wuhan, looked at that city’s overtaxed hospitals as the death toll in mainland China topped 900. Read more coverage by Stu.
Taryn Luna (2010), reporter, Los Angeles Times, March 24, California coronavirus cases surge to 2,200 as L.A. County hospitals await wave of patients; March 18, In confronting coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom takes California on its own path, and more stories.
Nicole Santa Cruz (2009), reporter, Los Angeles Times, March 24, Domestic abuse victims in ‘worst-case scenario’ during outbreak, providers say, and more stories.
Frank Shyong (2012), columnist, Los Angeles Times, March 23, ‘It’s just too much’: Asian Americans confront xenophobia, economic devastation and the coronavirus. Frank was interviewed about his column by Ari Shapiro of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on March 25.
Marina Villeneuve (2012), reporter, The Associated Press, Albany, N.Y., March 24, A bullet train: Virus peak may come soon, swamp hospitals, and more stories.
Beatrice DuPuy (2015), reporter, The Associated Press, New York, March 25, In pandemic, rumors of martial law fly despite reassurances; March 20, A blow dryer will not kill the coronavirus; Jan. 31, Medical professionals battle virus misinformation online, and more stories.
Aaron Morrison (2008), national race and ethnicity writer for The Associated Press, March 20, As virus grips nation, advocates move to halt evictions.
Haana’ Tameez (2015), staff reporter, Nieman Journalism Lab, March 23, People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more; March 19, A guide to taking care of yourself and your newsroom during times of coronavirus, and more stories.
Tariro Mzezewa (2015), travel reporter, The New York Times, March 18, Americans Stranded Abroad: ‘I Feel Completely Abandoned,’ and more stories.
Rick Rojas (2008), national correspondent, The New York Times, March 17, ‘All Around Us Is Chaos’: Inside a Rural Town Upended by the Virus. Rick says, “My story from Cynthiana, Ky., the rural community that became an epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, with the first case diagnosed in the state. This is one of those times when working in a small town it was hard to be invisible as a reporter, and I ended up making a cameo on the mayor’s radio show, being asked to take pictures with the staff at the local health department (as seen here) and there’s a chance I might show up in a future edition of the town’s weekly newspaper.”
Marcella Corona (2013), reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal, March 7, The Drive-thru testing in place; 40 Nevadans ID’d as cruise passengers, and more stories.
Rebekah Tuchscherer (2019), writing for the Argus Leader, March 20, Social distance like a true South Dakotan with these books, podcasts and more.
Shondiin Silversmith (2015), reporter, The Arizona Republic, March 18, Being tested for COVID19 sucks. What’s worse? Waiting for the results. (Shondiin photographed her feet, left, while undergoing testing.) Also, March 24, Gila River Indian Community announces positive COVID-19 case.
Kristen Go (1996, 1997), managing editor/news, USA TODAY, shared an analysis by her colleagues showing there could be six seriously ill patients for every existing U.S. hospital bed: US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike, March 13.
Adam Kealoha Causey (2006), news editor overseeing Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma for The Associated Press, shared a March 20 AP story by Lori Hinnant, Europeans sing health workers’ praises nightly from windows. Adam explains: “The AP always shines a light, but during these trying times, we are publishing more stories that look on the brighter side. We call it One Good Thing: Stories about the kindness of strangers and individuals who sacrifice for others during the coronavirus outbreak. This one is about Europeans showing their gratitude for health care workers who are putting themselves at risk on the front lines of the pandemic that is forcing most residents to stay home. Read the words, look at the photos and watch and listen to the video of the applause and singing.”
Bowdeya Tweh (2007), technology news editor for The Wall Street Journal, shared his publication’s March 13 story, Coronavirus Symptoms and How to Protect Yourself: What We Know.