ITV News publishes essays by journalists on coronavirus crisis

ITV News publishes essays by journalists on coronavirus crisis

ITV News is publishing a collection of specially commissioned essays from its journalists reflecting on covering the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reporting Coronavirus: Personal Reflections on a Global Crisis from ITV News Journalists will be released in hardback and e-book on 1st October 2020.

Contributions come from 59 reporters including Rageh Omaar, Tom Bradby, Nina Hossain and Robert Peston. The book will includes the thoughts of the first television journalist to meet NHS charity fundraiser, Captain Tom, and an account of how police in Liverpool, a city badly affected by the virus, dealt with the challenges of lockdown.

Its synopsis explains: “Reporting Coronavirus is a compelling set of essays that paints a picture of the most remarkable period in modern times—when the coronavirus put the UK into lockdown and swept around the world. ITV News’ correspondents, presenters and producers, at both national and regional level, write about their personal experiences covering the pandemic. They report what they saw, how they felt and discuss the impact of their journalism. The book takes us—through first hand reporting—from the epicentre in Wuhan in China to the corridors of power in Westminster and Washington. We hear from correspondents who  spent time observing on the frontline inside Britain’s intensive care units and care homes and what they found when they put questions on apparent failings direct to political leaders.”

Michael Jermey, director of news and current affairs at ITV, said: “All the journalists who worked on the story in the first half of 2020 will never forget the experience. The story of the pandemic clearly has a long way to run and the lessons we need to learn continue to emerge. This book is not intended as a final word nor even a first draft of history, but rather it is the personal reflections of journalists who witnessed a lot, shared it with viewers and now in a series of essays tell the inside story of how reporting coronavirus unfolded over six extraordinary months.”