How my local news reports on COVID-19

Illustration via the Patch.

Living in south suburban Chicago, many villages use Patch as their local news outlet. The news organization covers community-specific news and has been looking at the impacts of COVID-19 in suburbia.

The Patch has covered a variety of topics pertaining to the virus. It has reported the numbers in the Alsip-Crestwood area and neighboring communities and what local businesses are opened or closed during this time.

Social distancing has affected everyone, so the Patch, which usually focuses on the people in the community, has looked at the ways residents have overcome the struggles to bring love and support. 

These stories include grandchildren leaving messages of love on their grandmother’s driveway and local high school teachers creating a video for the students they miss in the classroom.

As the Patch usually covers the people and businesses in the community, COVID-19 hasn’t really changed what reporters write, but the focus has become how people are coping and what the community needs to do to get through these times.

The Patch also encourages community members to post directly to the website with any information or questions they have. 

Its Twitter and Facebook accounts include links to articles in the direct community as well as Chicago news, events and weather. This isn’t too much of a shift from the normal, but there is more about COVID-19 and its impact on the communities, which is expected.

Although encouraging community members to share local news and ask questions is a great way for people to interact with the outlet, it could lead to potential misinformation, especially in a time like this when people want as many details as possible.

Overall, I think the Patch has been doing a good job covering the impacts of COVID-19 in the community and taking interesting angles in its features. However, I am more likely to look at Chicago news outlets and national organizations for up-to-date facts and data.

Published by aschmelzer

I am a journalism student at Bradley University, and I work for the campus newspaper, The Scout. Traveling and writing are my two passions, so I hope to combine those loves into one job once I graduate.

One thought on “How my local news reports on COVID-19

  1. I enjoyed this piece! I like how you used your local newspaper to show how they are using the topic of COVID-19 in more positive way than negative. Reading your blog gives me a little peek into your hometown because the mentioning of the love messages and teachers sending videos to their students. It shows how you all are united as a community, and I just enjoyed receiving that feeling from your post.

    I also like how the newspaper decided to change their angle for the benefit of spreading love through the community, I think that’s cool. This piece is well-written, smooth transitions, and gave the focus to your local newspaper with your twist, nice job! I also like your honesty at the end, you let your readers know that you still have a variety of news sources!


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