Coronavirus: Your Local HQ
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The entire Newscenter25 family is working hard to bring you the latest information regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our team members who can work from home started doing that this week. In most cases, fewer than ten people are in the newsroom at one time. Anyone who feels sick is being asked to stay home. Our managers have requested the company that cleans our building step up sanitation.
Our news anchors are delivering the news solo to employ social distancing when possible in the studio. This can break up the warmth created when talent join each other on set to look each other in the eye and connect with you at home. We want to be transparent with everything we are doing to keep the community safe and healthy. Our leaders have made a number of changes to protect our team members so we can keep delivering the news during this time.
Our public affairs show Community Crossroads canceled its normal lineup this week and instead brought in Victoria County Health Authority Dr. John McNeill. The show will make COVID-19 the primary focus until further notice. We created Coronavirus: Your Local HQ at www.crossroadstoday.com. It has all the information in one spot on our app and our website. We are currently working to see if team members can produce news stories from home and even whether an entire newscast can be produced from home.
Our viewers are like family too and they don’t hesitate to contact us with requests. So, starting this week we will carry the 3 p.m. Victoria County Emergency Management press briefing live on our cable station 25Now. We promise to break into regular programming on our flagship station Newscenter25 ABC when it is appropriate and matters most to you.
We are working closely with area leaders to make sure we get the information right without fail. When we do fall short we clean things up quickly and clear the air. We receive a content flow of information via social media, email and many phone calls. We will continue to fact check and bring you the most accurate information as quickly as we are able. In most cases we verify the information several times and we constantly ask more questions.
Our journalists keep our stakeholders in mind on each and every story we produce. That means we carefully consider the far reaching effects of every word we say and every image and video we put out. As we get through this huge event know we are putting you first everyday. We appreciate our viewers, users and readers and promise to keep you informed. It’s what we’ve done for 38 years in the Crossroads.
– James Munoz, Interim Executive News Director
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