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Our View: Newspapers play key role in time of coronavirus

Concern over the spreading COVID-19 virus over the past two months has increasingly gripped our nation.

In this public health crisis, people need access to accurate and authoritative information so that they can make decisions about their health and safety. Hearsay, half-truths and supposition don’t cut it when our lives may be at stake. That’s why this newspaper — and thousands of others in our state — are on the front lines of the pandemic. We are there to inquire, authenticate and report facts so you know what’s going on and what to do.

At The Davis Enterprise, we take that responsibility seriously.

Our newsroom team is working virtually around-the-clock to provide our readers with the latest information on how and where the virus is spreading and what health experts are recommending to protect the public. To ensure that information is accurate, our editors review and fact-check each element of every story. Further behind the scenes, dedicated employees in production, subscriber and delivery services make sure that our digital and print editions reach our readers with the information they need in these turbulent times.

365体育投注We live in an era when information is fingertip-accessible, but so is misinformation. We provide the relevant details on the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the Davis Joint Unified District, local government and UC Davis’ operations. Every day, we’re here, focused on delivering critical information to you, our readers, about the things that matter most to you: business, the stock market, jobs, quality of life, elected officials, events, local schools, entertainment, crime, transportation, weather and more.

We strive for complete accuracy — and when we err, we hold ourselves accountable and strive to do better in the future.

In the face of this great responsibility, newspapers are operating under increasing financial pressure. More than 1 in 5 papers in the United States has closed down over the past 15 years, and the number of journalists has been cut in half, according to the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism. Close to home, the Sacramento News & Review and the Chico News & Review just this week suspended publication due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

365体育投注We would be remiss not to note that our state legislators — Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters — along with their peers in the Legislature, are threatening the very existence of newspapers across the state through their unwavering support of Assembly Bill 5 and its provision that contractors who deliver newspapers across the state must be employees of the publications for which they deliver.

So if you appreciate the hard work of our journalists during this crisis, please let them know by sending them an email. They are on the front lines, sharing the critical work being done by first responders, health care professionals, public health experts and many others.

In times of challenges, we’re reminded that we’re all in this together, sharing acts of simple kindness and community cohesion: neighbors helping neighbors, young families making sure seniors have plenty of food, and businesses temporarily closing their doors but paying employees during the shutdown. Although it may be a frightening time, the worst trials can bring out the best in Americans.

We’re proud to tell these stories of our times.

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