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Local News Programs Adapt to Social Distancing Rules

Topic: Vaccine Education
Posted on 3/25/2020

Journalists and local news stations are altering their routines to abide by social distancing rules and shelter-in-place orders to help halt the spread of the coronavirus, sometimes filming segments in makeshift studios -- often in their own homes. While reporting from home poses challenges, local stations are able to keep viewers informed and calm during uncertain times.

“The most amazing thing is the viewer response,” said Joey Miller, weather producer at NBC’s WMAQ-TV Chicago. “People talking about how refreshing it is to see someone, that calming voice being there, when we’re in what feels like dire times or a weird situation that none of us have really experienced before.”

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