The COVID-19 pandemic: Resilience of Indonesian journalists

Keywords: COVID-19, Indonesia, global crises, Global South, health journalism, journalism, public health, resilience


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the global news industry to adapt to the current crisis. In some Global South countries, challenges have also come from an existing political instability and economic limitations. Indonesia represents a Global South country where its journalists have struggled to maintain the quality of news while many have faced layoffs. This research involved a survey data with 100 respondents, some interviews and observations, which indicated that in the COVID-19 pandemic Indonesian journalists have been severely affected and are not sufficiently equipped or prepared to face any accelerated and sudden changes caused by the coronavirus. However, in some instances, journalists have been able to deploy advanced digital technology and work collaboratively to provide quality information during the pandemic. The article argues that mastering journalism data and collaborative work should be embraced to enhance the resilience of the journalist community. 


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Author Biography

Gilang Desti Parahita, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Department of Communication Science
FISIPOL, Gadjah Mada University

Jl. Sosio Yustisia No. 1, Bulaksumur, Depok, Sleman, 

D.I. Yogyakarta-INDONESIA, 55283

Ph.: +62563362



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Parahita, G. D. (2021). The COVID-19 pandemic: Resilience of Indonesian journalists . Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 27(1 & 2), 85-104.