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A verified badge to know a reporter is sharing accurate CDC or approved news to limit the spread of false news

Employ the Instagram or Twitter-like checkmark to make it easier for readers to know their news is coming from a credible reporter

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An unbiased, non partisan news forum from hand selected journalists and news outlets based on their trusted coverage. The CDC should work with these journalists to give them the exclusive information on updates on all credible news. Knowing these are approved and pre selected journalists gives readers the validity that they are sharing and consuming real news. Think of it as a task force of journalists, working closely with CDC and the most credible sources to disseminate accurate and consistent news - to reduce speculation. The fact is there isn't enough factual evidence just yet, as there isn’t accurate data out there yet, just projections and numbers will drastically change once accurate testing is put in place. What facts and data we do have is changing every half hour. Instead of reading 10 articles on each new update, work with these pre selected 20-40 news reporters who get exclusive access to the news - employ a PR strategy, which is giving reporters an embargo time (a contract that they will not release the information until a give time, the same time that all 20-40 of these reporters can release this news). How will readers know these are legitimate, hand selected reporters? A checkmark. Employ the same idea Instagram and Twitter has that tells users and viewers that each reporter is a verified, CDC news partner. 

Yes, the number one source to get info is directly from the CDC and WHO site, but these organizations are not set up like news sites. They can't share news updates as quickly as larger news organizations. In urgent and emergency situations, think of this "task force" of journalists as an extension of whoever is the legitimate source of the moment - for this, CDC and WHO. 

This isn't to stop other reporters from writing, but to make sure we know where to go for accurate and correct information. 

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Accurate data, a website for up-to date information 

What is your current profession?

PR Director

In what city are you located?

San Francisco

In what country are you located?

United States

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