The Media Industry: From Newsrooms to Living Rooms
Whether you've been laid off, transitioning to working from home, or still heading in to your workplace everyday - COVID-19 has dynamically changed the way we work. While brick and mortar stores have been shut down (besides fast food and liquor/beer stores), work must continue to get done. Companies have had to make massive adjustments to keep their businesses alive and employees connected.
The media industry, a very essential service in this time of COVID-19 confusion, has had to transition from the hustle and bustle of a newsroom to reporting from their living rooms. We're witnessing a transition in media that we've never seen, and it's being done completely on the fly. Managers and producers are having to use all the tricks up their sleeves in order to provide folks at home with the content they've become accustomed to.
With the importance of providing us with news and entertainment during a time like this, I took a look at how the media has adapted to life under COVID-19.
Home Schooling: Professor Offers Free Online Mental Health Course Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
University of Toronto Professor Steve Joordens has launched a new, free online course focused on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With campuses being shutdown across the country, online courses and classes will be the primary way educators continue to do their job given the limitations that COVID-19 has left us with. This new form of learning has been implemented at the primary and secondary levels of education since schools were suspending last month, with no date of in-class learning being scheduled as of yet.
"Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19" is available for free through coursera.org and is sectioned off into four parts. The first section is about understanding where anxiety comes from and how to deal with it. The second section covers managing news consumption and the art of mental distractions. While being informed is good, Joordens says that over-consumption of news can actually fuel your anxiety. The third section will go over the effects of isolation and how to make it more tolerable. The final section will discuss the importance of guarding against depression.
The course offers flexible deadlines to complete at your own pace, and is completely free - a rarity these days.
Listen below to hear Joordens' radio interview:
Sporting Industry: Latest News on Possible Return to Action
When the NBA suspended it's season over one month ago, it was almost as if time stood still that evening. Upon the announcement of Rudy Gobert's positive test for the coronavirus, the sporting world was put on hold for the foreseeable future. The NBA suspended it's season indefinitely, with the NHL and other leagues around the world following suit days after. Sporting events that were not in the swing of a season are also in jeopardy of a delay. The 2020 Olympics were set to begin this July in Tokyo, but have now been pushed back an entire year to 2021 - along with the 2020 Euros which were set for June.
Three of the "big four" leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB and NFL) were either in the middle of the season or days away from it, in the case of the MLB. The NFL pre-season is set to begin in August, although many are having their doubts over whether or not it starts on time.
Watch below to find out the latest news on when fans can expect to see their beloved teams back in business this year - if at all.