The COVID-19 Pandemic Ecosystem 

 

Media

 In the political ecosystem, the media plays a central role in providing a framework and process for citizens to be part of the solution to challenges within the body politic. What the COVID-19 pandemic reveals about the current state of the media, social media and journalism and what can the coverage of the pandemic teach up about how to build a media ecosystem that serves informed citizens in a republican democracy. We offer a comprehensive journalistic approach to address the complex challenges associated with the press and mass communication in our current times.

 

Transformed by digital technology, social, political and financial forces that have become the reality of life in the early 21st century, the media ecosystem and the multiple players that comprise it continue to  play an important role in the lives of the citizens within their communities, nations and globally. Reporting that once required days and months to complete, is now expected to be made public in matter of hours if not minutes. News organizations that controlled print newspapers, magazines, radio and TV have become one of many sources for information transmission to the public. The citizen- depending on the media as a source for information, is easily overwhelmed with the amount of, the nature and conflicting information pushed at them.

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Citizen

Journalism School

Professional Organizations 

Politcal culture 

The Federal

Government 

The Executive Branch

The President

Surgeon General

HHS

CDC

FDA

The Military 

The Legislative Branch

State Government 

Governor

Health Department

Education Department

Attorney General 

Legislature 

Local  Government 

Mayor /Commissioner 

Public Health Department 

Police Department  

Press Release

Press Conference 

Social Media

Website

Interviews 

Mainstream Media 

 

Newspapers

Website

Cable Video 

AM radio

Blog

Social Media 

Podcasts

Town Hall

Q & A 

Social Media 

 

Facebook

Twitter

Reddit

Instagram

LinkedIn

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The Media 

  • Mainstream Media

  • AM Radio

  • Social Media 

  • Digital Platforms

  • Local Media

  • Personal Media

  • Science Reporting

  • Online aggregator

 

The Private Sector 

Business 

Stock market 
Employers 

Local Media 

 

Newspapers

Cable Video 

Blog

Social Media 
Neighborhood 

Media Platform

Google
Facebook

Medium 

Citizens & Citizen Groups 

E-mail

Twitter

Facebook Groups 

Youtube 

Citizen Apps

Newsletters

Yochai Benkler  discusses political misinformation in the news media and considers the impacts of our reaction to misinformation on our Democracy. March 4th, 2020 

Alternative Media

Blogs

Cable 

Commons-based Peer Production

Wikipedia 

E-mail

Twitter

Facebook 

Social 

Medical

 

Economic 

Health

 

 

Political 

Cultural

 

 

Media Platforms 

 

Platforms and Search Engines 

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Reddit:

 

The Government: Informing the public, generating public opinion 

 

Goal: ​ The COVID19 Pandemic  Federal and State Ecosystem Perspectives provides an overview of the various public and government stakeholders who are tasked with creating legislation, scientific research, law enforcement, treatment, regulatory, monitoring that impact the pandemic.

The International Community
WHO: World Health Organization

The US Federal Government 

The Executive Branch

The President

Surgeon General

HHS

CDC

FDA

The Military 

The Legislative Branch

 

State Government 

Local Government 

Learn more about the Government Communication 

Press Release

Press Conference 

Social Media

Website

Interviews 

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Mainstream Media 

Extenders 

Social Media

Website

Podcasts

Events

Comments and readers’ input.

Interviews 

Outlets

Reporters

 
 

Local Media 

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Chains

Newspapers

Cable Video 

Blog

Social Media 
Neighborhood 

Seattle Times

The Philadelphia Inquirer 

Philadelphia Citizen

Patch

Resolve Philly:  Equally Informed Philly is a free service of Resolve Philly, a champion for community-powered journalism. We aim to reduce barriers for residents who need trustworthy info to survive—and thrive—during COVID-19.

 

Alternative Media 

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Chains

Newspapers

Cable Video 

Blog

Social Media 
Neighborhood 

 

 

Foundations, Not-for -profit, academic organizations

 

Foundations:

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

 

The Democracy Fund

Lenfest Institute

 

Public organizations 

  • Press conferences, briefings, etc. 

  • Personal messages

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Training Initiative COVID-19 Resources for Practitioners

Media tools 

  • Mainstream Media

  • Social Media 

  • Digital Platforms

  • Local Media

  • Personal Media

  • Science Reporting

  • Podcasts 

 

Blog:

Institutes 

COVID-19: Poynter Resources Poynter’s mission is to champion the duty of a free press to inform, educate and hold the powerful accountable. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, journalists, fact-checkers, educators and students around the world look to Poynter for best practices in covering the most significant story of this generation. Thanks to donations and grants, Poynter is able to provide more resources, reporting and training for free.

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Learn more Foundations 

 

The Public: Citizens and Citizen Groups 

Personal & individual press

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Social Media 

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Platforms

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The commercial sector 

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Goal: To understand the role of the private sector in the natural course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

 


 

 

Moving Past the Pandemic With a Citizen Oriented Media 

The potential of the leveraging of digital technology is inspired by Aaron Swartz, a pioneer in pushing for using digital technology for the common good. Swartz observed that, 

 

 

“Change doesn’t come from thousands of people, all going their separate ways. Change requires bringing people together to work on a common goal. That’s hard for technologists to do by themselves. But if they do take that as their goal, they can apply all their talent and ingenuity to the problem. They can measure their success by the number of lives that have been improved by the changes they fought for, rather than the number of people who have visited their website. They can learn which technologies actually make a difference and which ones are merely indulgences. And they can iterate, improve, and scale.”

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Environment & Social Determinants 

Political Sphere

Medical and Public Health

Economic 

Culture 

Take Action 

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The medical case presentation provides a well-established framework useful in addressing complex and multi-factorial issues that carry life and death consequence. The framework is particularly effective in situations that require intervention in the face of uncertainty. The medical case presentation confronts uncertainty and lays out a plan to achieve the best possible results. The medical case presentation draws people in to objective and non-partisan dialogue built on reliable data, openness, transparency and participation. It supports people in exploring the various elements contributing to a problem in order to generate a situational diagnosis and establish a meaningful treatment plan that is monitored over time. As data associated with the problem change, new information is gathered or new treatments become available, the case is easily updated.

 

The medical case presentation is a collaborative process consisting of the following general sections:  

 

1. Define the problem to be addressed.

2. Research and provide relevant data needed for rational discussion of the problem.

3. Discuss the various options available, the barriers to action and the consequences of each action or inaction.

4. Formulate an action plan based on measurable outcomes, transparency, accountability and informed consent.

5. Apply the action plan, monitor outcomes and update the action plan.


In the next months we are initiating an experiment to explore the role of a coordinated citizen oriented effort to address a major social-political- economic challenge confronting the US. The effort, the COVID-19 Pandemic Project, utilizes digital technology through blogs, surveys, newsletters and crowdsourcing to provide wide access for many individuals and the democratization of information with real world facts rather than rhetoric to serve as a potent platform to build on the ideas and energy of many to make the process as useful and productive as it can be. The various sections of the COVID-19 case presentation as well as the citizen commission, will be presented over a period of weeks and ongoing discussion will be encouraged. Short and long term goals and plans will be developed and monitored.