As news media companies face myriad challenges in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak — sensitively balancing resourceful information delivery with a duty to keep social panic contained, while also protecting the well-being of their own employees — TVNewsCheck reports that Tegna, based in Tysons, VA, is going public with what it calls a “Facts Not Fear” approach to coronavirus reporting.

““With 49 newsrooms across the country, each with different levels of exposure to the virus, our news leadership has been focused on responsible reporting and ensuring we are presenting our viewers a calm, common-sense approach that puts the global, national and local situation into perspective,” Tegna said in an emailed statement to TVNewsCheck.

“The company added that the “Facts Not Fear” crisis coverage philosophy “involves leading with facts and ensuring our news product across all platforms is focused on providing context and perspective, and is not causing undue concern.””

In the U.S., TEGNA has 62 television stations, including WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and four radio stations in 51 markets from coast to coast.

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