Published by ITV News on 1 October 2020 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
‘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’ – Michael Jermey, Director of News & Current Affairs ITV
Reporting Coronavirus is a compelling set of 59 specially commissioned essays by ITV News journalists 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.
Reporting Coronavirus covers the global story but also the very local story across the UK. It includes the reflections of the first television journalist to meet the now legendary 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. There are stories of how Covid-19 affected every corner of the country, sometimes in profound ways. Together, the essays reflect a rich range of diverse experiences and perspectives from across ITV News.
All 56 contributors are ITV News journalists working for Britain’s biggest commercial public service broadcaster. Their work across the first six months of 2020 reached 50 million viewers – more than 80 percent of the UK’s population.
The contributors are: Sangeeta Bhabra, Michael Billington, Tom Bradby, Paul Brand, Juliet Bremner, Rachel Bullock, Gary Burgess, Ria Chatterjee, Chris Choi, Paul Clark, Tom Clarke, Charlotte Cross, Paul Davies, Fred Dimbleby, Fred Dinenage, Debi Edward, Julie Etchingham, Vicky Flind, Ken Goodwin, Elodie Harper, Roohi Hasan, Rebecca Haworth, Vicki Hawthorne, Daniel Hewitt, Judith Hill, Joel Hills, Nina Hossain, Matthew Hudson, Stephen Hull, John Irvine, Rohit Kachroo, Emily Kerr, Charanpreet Khaira, Peter MacMahon, Adrian Masters, James Mates, Hannah Miller, Robert Moore, Emily Morgan, Emma Murphy, Mary Nightingale, Rageh Omaar, Rob Osborne, Richard Pallot, Mahatir Pasha, Robert Peston, Ronke Phillips, Rajiv Popat, John Ray, Steve Scott, Chris Ship, Peter Smith, David Stanley, Martin Stew, James Webster, Rachel Younger.
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