In Australia, greater than 150 Australian newsrooms have shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens a media disaster.
The closure of BuzzFeed Information in Australia might have grabbed the headlines final week however the digital startup is only one sufferer on a rising checklist of media casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
5 editorial workers at BuzzFeed have misplaced their jobs, however throughout the nation lots of extra have been stood down in an already fractured media panorama. It’s unclear what number of will ever return to their posts.
Extra from New Zealand now, with the complete report on the nation passing the inhabitants milestone of 5 million folks:
It was a much-anticipated milestone probably hastened by Covid-19: New Zealand has reached a inhabitants of 5 million folks, after residents and residents rushed house when borders started to shut because of the coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand grew from 4 to 5 million in 17 years, the quickest charge of development within the nation’s fashionable historical past, in keeping with the federal government company Statistics New Zealand. Migration has been the chief driver for the inhabitants of the remoted island nation, which elevated by half 1,000,000 folks prior to now six years alone.
On 18 March, the federal government urged the 80,000 New Zealanders abroad to return house, including that the window to journey was closing quickly. People who find themselves not residents or residents of the nation – or their rapid household – will not be at the moment permitted to enter New Zealand below Covid-19 border controls.
New Zealand braces for spike in baby abuse reviews as Covid-19 lockdown eases
As lots of of hundreds of youngsters return to school rooms round New Zealand, welfare companies are bracing themselves for a spike in reviews of abuse and neglect after weeks of “invisible” lockdown.
The nation entered lockdown on 25 March and emerged late final week. Throughout lockdown reviews of household violence to police dropped, and reviews of concern to Oranga Tamariki, the nation’s welfare company for youngsters, fell by round 40%.
New Zealand has one of many highest charges of kid abuse and neglect within the OECD, and on common one toddler is murdered each 5 weeks.
Oranga Tamariki’s chief government, Gráinne Moss, informed the Guardian that reviews of hurt all the time drop over the college holidays, as a result of the “eyes and ears” that normally establish hurt – training, social and well being employees – aren’t round.
However the extended nature of lockdown and the added stress of job losses amongst already strained households was creating “an ideal storm”, Moss mentioned, and rises in household violence abroad are prone to maintain true in New Zealand too, although no native analysis has been performed but.
“Lockdown is quite a bit longer than the college holidays so we’re proper to be involved that there’s hidden, invisible hurt occurring to youngsters,” Moss mentioned.