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How Business Insider reporter Dunn is covering the pandemic

April 8, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Andrew Dunn

Olivia Oran of Business Insider talked with its health care reporter Andrew Dunn about how he’s covering the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is an excerpt:

Oran: What’s the most challenging part about covering the coronavirus pandemic? What’s been the most surprising thing that you’ve learned?

Dunn: The biggest challenge has been prioritizing my time. This crisis has been a firehose of news. Everything has happened so quickly that there are an infinite number of stories worthy of telling, but time remains the limiting factor. I try to frequently acknowledge that reality, but it can still feel disappointing to run out of the bandwidth to report out all the interesting research I read and hear about.

I’ve been surprised that in this time of crisis, with so many stories to write, I’ve found it even more valuable to go deep. I’ve listened to webinars on pharmacokinetics, delved into wonky academic papers on preclinical research, and talked with tons of people in the labs to better understand what is happening and the questions they are trying to answer. I have a deepened appreciation for the value of journalism that synthesizes information.

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