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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Brings Further Challenges To News Industry, And More Top Stories

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Jim Nolan

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer shocked readers and staffers when its parent company announced that its remaining journalists - those who weren't laid off in the latest round of downsizing - would no longer be covering the city proper, and instead would focus on the suburban communities.

The Plain-Dealer is not the only major outlet facing further turmoil. The already-fragile news economy is seeing journalists rapidly furloughed across all media as the global coronavirus pandemic forces advertisers to cut back on spending. Some newspapers are stopping certain print publications, and some weeklies and city magazines are letting go all workers. The Enquirer, along with other Gannett publications, is furloughing journalists for one week out of each month.

Poynter's Rick Edmonds joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about the current state of the media landscape. 

And to discuss local news, joining CE are Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Max Londberg, and WVXU reporters Ambriehl Crutchfield and Tana Weingartner.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.