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In the world of journalism, where many newspapers had moved behind paywalls, there has been a shift to offer free content during the coronavirus outbreak. The reason being that financial concerns shouldn't keep anyone away from news and information that could help in a matter of life and death situations.
With much of the world fixated on the pandemic and its fall out, most have started up online pages, where you can gain insights from respected sources and not the fake news circulating on Facebook.
In Australia, that means respected news outlets such as The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. The Guardian (UK) has been offering articles free. In the United States, publishers from The Atlantic and The Philadelphia Inquirer to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have each made coronavirus coverage available to non-subscribers.
It is worth noting that according to Streem, stories have an average lifespan of less than three hours in the top 10 positions of major news homepages, before being cycled down the page.
So if you wish to have a free digest of what is going on, many news sources are offering daily newsletters that keep a digest of previous stories and are sometimes searchable. Interestingly, since the Chinese government expelled American journalists from Mainland China amidst rising tensions, some sites are offering information in Chinese as well as in English.
I'll start with the U.S which is presently the epicentre of the pandemic.
With a lack of advertisers given the financial crisis, many local papers have already gone under and this may happen increasingly in the weeks to come. We can all help by clicking on reliable journalistic sources during this time and not the fake news that is bombarding our social media feeds.