News and information that journalists need to serve the public and stay safe.
March 19, 2020

· At coronavirus press conference, Trump urges Syria to free detained journalist Austin Tice (The Washington Post) 
· I think I’m seeing the story of my lifetime ,’ says Lester Holt (Deadline)
· About 70% of U.S. adults following COVID-19 coverage say the media is covering the outbreak well (Pew)
Missing March Madness? Try a new chapter
Missing March Madness? Join our inaugural NPCJI Book Brackets, and help us discover the best in journalism books as they battle it down to the No. 1 title we want on our bookshelf. 

To get us started, share your favorite journalism books. They can cover current affairs, fiction, memoirs, textbooks, books about journalists, books by journalists — whatever you consider a journalism book. There is no limit, but please rank them in order of preference . You have until March 25. 

We'll seed the submissions based on popularity and pit one title against another. Your votes will determine the winners in each round — and help us populate the National Press Club's Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library as we curate new titles for the collection later this year. 
Self Care: Let people share concerns — and listen to them
A lot of us lead on autopilot. We focus on ideas, execution, process, and results. We are programmed to prioritize production over everything, especially during times of crisis. But let’s not forget about the people. 

Start with them first. Schedule phone or video check-ins with staff, individually or collectively, to ask about their well-being. Conversation starters like “how are you feeling?” and “how can I support you?” are underrated when the world feels heavy. These questions offer a moment for people to feel their feelings; to exhale a bit—and gives them a chance to open up and share their needs. Listen. It’s one of our primary skills as journalists. Use it in your newsroom (which is now, perhaps, virtual), with the intention to acknowledge and validate staff concerns.

Make sure you extend that same care to yourself. Block out time on your calendar for self-check-ins and do something for you. Get moving and go for a walk or run, if you can. Get lost in your favorite album or playlist. Get quiet and journal. And get clear on the leader your team needs right now.


· Debunking COVID-19 misinformation (News Literacy Project)
· Reporting challenges around COVID-19 (Webinar, Friday at 1pm ET from First Draft News)
This newsletter is written & edited by the National Press Club Journalism Institute staff: Beth Francesco, Jim Kuhnhenn, and Julie Moos. Send us your questions and suggestions for topics to cover.

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