News Department Resources for COVID-19

Leading a Local Newsroom Through Uncertain Times

Monday, July 27th and Tuesday, 28th
12:00PM Eastern
Led by Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online at the Poynter Institute.
You will learn what leaders need to know about how to manage stress and trauma in their newsroom, how to communicate with your staff and send the right signals to your boss. You will discover how to lead Gen X, Gen Z, Millennials and Baby Boomers all in the same newsroom and how to have tough conversations that produce results.
This training is valued at $500 per course, but is free to members of Vermont Association of Broadcasters as part of our commitment to providing professional growth opportunities.

Watch “Power Up Your Reporting Parts 1 & 2” from 7/20 & 7/21 with Al Tompkins

Watch Reynolds Journalism Institutes Webinar on “Protest Coverage: Safety, Prep and Knowing Your Rights” from 6/3/20.

Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order:

Lists “News Media” as essential workers, which includes anyone involved in producing a radio or television broadcast and means:

  1. Those broadcasters who cannot work from home are exempt and can travel to stations, towers, breaking news locations, etc. No credentials identifying you as News Media are needed because no authorities will ask for them.
  2. News Media who do not have access to childcare qualify for “Essential Workers Childcare.” Apply Here

Impacts to Open Meeting Law & Public Records Access:

Senate Government Operations committee proposed emergency legislation 3/23/20 regarding Open Meeting Law procedure:

Relevant Poynter Institute Articles:

FCC Announcement about News Sharing:

  • FCC agrees that pooling arrangements for the coverage of news and other COVID-19 issues do not need to be in writing and do not need to be in the public file
  • Read FCC Doc
  • Read David Oxenford’s Blog


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