Behind the Stories Podcast: How news reporting changed during the COVID-19 pandemic

UConn Jour­nal­ism stu­dents Izzi Bar­ton, Bren­dan Car­pen­ter and Raquel Williamson go behind the sto­ries to find out how jour­nal­ists adapt­ed to remote work dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Charles Sen­nott, founder and edi­tor of The GroundTruth Project, explained how Report for Amer­i­ca reporters had to do their work “with incred­i­ble respect” for the pan­dem­ic and the job of the jour­nal­ist in times of crisis. 

ESPN Fea­tures pro­duc­tion assis­tant Daniela Maru­lan­da said she had to shift her per­spec­tive on vir­tu­al report­ing, see­ing it as a per­son­al chal­lenge to test her abil­i­ties as a storyteller. 

Hart­ford Courant reporter Emi­ly Brind­ley described how she got a crash course in cov­er­ing pub­lic health while her news­room per­ma­nent­ly closed dur­ing the pan­dem­ic.

Host­ed by UConn Jour­nal­ism senior Rachel Philip­son. Record­ed in April 2021.

Fea­tured music: In the Dark by Crowan­der

Addi­tion­al reading: 

With the Loss of Phys­i­cal News­rooms, How are Young Jour­nal­ists Faring?

The coro­n­avirus has closed more than 70 local news­rooms across Amer­i­ca. And counting.

Vir­tu­al News­room: get­ting jour­nal­ism done in a dig­i­tal age

COVID-19 Is Crush­ing News­pa­pers, Wors­en­ing Hunger for Accu­rate Information

Hart­ford Courant, old­est US news­pa­per, to close its offices

The Hart­ford Courant’s news­room is clos­ing down