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Media Roundtable: The COVID-19 Crisis In Iran - US Media Outlets Face Layoffs, Furloughs & Closures

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
In this March 30, 2020 file photo, people wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran


On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, which continues to be the worst hit country in the Middle East. The virus has infected more than 76,000 people in Iran. More than 4,800 have died.


We'll also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on journalism. According to The New York Times, more than 28,000 journalists have taken pay cuts or have been laid off or furloughed. 



Farnaz Fassihi,  award winning writer for The New York Times


Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, reporter for the San Francisco Examiner

Kristen Hare, reporter covering local news for Poynter


Web Resources:


The New York Times, Farnaz Fassihi: Iran’s Coronavirus Response: Pride, Paranoia, Secrecy, Chaos

The Washington Post, Kareem Fahim and Dalton Bennett: Rare voices from Iran’s epic coronavirus outbreak tell of stumbling government, deluged hospitals

The San Francisco Examiner, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez: Bay Area transit’s financial future hinges on $780 million emergency aid vote

Poynter, Kristen Hare: Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus

The NY Times, Marc Tracy: News Media Outlets Have Been Ravaged by the Pandemic

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.