Covering COVID-19: How one small weekly is coping

Poynter’s Kristen Hare examines how a two-person weekly in Virginia — the Greene County Record — is innovating to cover the COVID-19 pandemic in a piece that cites the U.S. News Deserts research of UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy.

Penny Abernathy

“In many places, weekly papers are the only news left. In her study of news deserts around the U.S., Penny Muse Abernathy reported for the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media that ‘half of the 3,143 counties in the country now have only one newspaper, usually a small weekly, attempting to cover its various communities.’” Hare writes in the piece.

Read the full piece here.