COVID-19 Media Impact: The Silent Spread & SOS Remote Production Solution

Global Epidemic: COVID-19

First reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China– coronavirus (COVID-19) is both a prevalent and heavily-concerning topic world-wide.

Among the 125 nations touched by the new-strain virus, this now sweeping epidemic has reached 126,000+ cases world-wide.

COVID-19 International Spread as of March 3, 2020: Image Source

The rapid transmission paired with unknown patient zeros scattered across the globe evoke more questions than answers- especially for those working on the frontline such as healthcare professionals in high-risk zones, and the ever-present news teams alongside them, capturing every moment.

Impact on the Media Sector

As global measures to contain the virus continue to intensify, such as Italy’s complete lockdown, the U.S.-Europe travel ban, and large-scale event cancellations such as NAB and SXSW in the U.S., more and more journalists and production teams are seeking solutions to simply get the job done, without compromising their health, or others around them.

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Chinese doctors on the frontline to combat COVID-19, captured by photojournalists: Image Source

With the virus sending many countries into SOS status, the public is looking for answers, and the media sector is ramping up efforts to report as quickly as possible.

Heightened Risk for Journalists, Reporters and Production Teams

At this time, production teams need to be in the most pertinent areas. This group of unsung heros is now indispensable in covering the latest virus-related news. It is their responsibility to relay crucial information and up-close moments surrounding the epidemic, to the masses.

Now more than ever, due to travel restrictions and complicated file transfer, journalists and production teams are facing major production challenges.

Journalists in Beijing: Credit_Kyodo, via Associated Press

This fragile situation begs the question:

How is the media industry protecting journalists and story production teams while ensuring they get the job done- is the industry sufficiently equipped and ready to cover this global outbreak?

Remote Production on the Rise

In short…yes.

As seen with the draconian measures and drawn-out quarantines in countries world-wide, entire communities and economic systems are shutting down. Once lively cities are now modern-day ghost towns, with businesses closing their doors, strongly encouraging remote work culture.

For Media and Broadcast companies, remote production is quickly becoming the go-to solution.

Journalists are being quarantined in high-risk zones- remote story production their go-to solution.

Newsbridge: The SOS-Ready Remote Production Solution

Offering one of best cloud-based, remote production solutions on the market, Newsbridge is already helping top press agencies with foreign offices improve news gathering processes and automate live streams to fight this uphill battle, and is ready to seamlessly integrate its services with your business during this time of crisis, with 24/7 support.

Properly equipped with video-indexing tools powered by Multimodal Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Newsbridge team offers journalists, publishers and broadcasters alike a twofold benefit of working smartly and working safely with their content.

ASAP Assistance with Long-Term Benefits

Newsbridge is much more than a remote production solution. With facial, object and scene recognition with audio transcription and semantic context, Newsbridge provides unprecedented access to content. Whether it be derushing, archiving or investigative research- Newsbridge allows for smart media asset management.

Live Schedule Newsbridge
Newsbridge’s Live Schedule feature allows for live recording of UHD video streams from a web-browser.

If your business is facing SOS production obstacles due to production related obstacles during this time of crisis, now is the time to take action, while simultaneously investing in your workflows. The Newsbridge team is here to help.

Advice To The Public

For further information regarding COVID-19 preventative measures, please refer to the latest public advice from the World Health Organization.