(1/4/21):  Financial Help for Michigan Radio & TV Stations – Read here

MDHHS Epidemic Orders

MIOSHA Webinar on order, focusing on employer requirements:

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Coronavirus and Your Station:

  • Station Operations During Stay at Home: Employees involved in the on-air, news, production and technical positions of your operation who need to perform their tasks at your facilities to keep the public informed should be able to continue to work. Read more here
  • David Oxenford: “Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events”  Read here.
  1. Supplies: You need to have adequate supplies of cleaning materials to keep your station as safe as possible for employees.
  2. Cross training/working from home: In case your employees are exposed, and need to be quarantined, you may want to evaluate who could help cover their workload while they are out, as well as having computers or other equipment to allow them to work from home.
  3. Employees: You may want to review with your corporation the leave policy in case someone is required to self quarantine at home, or has become infected with the virus. In addition, you may want to consider policies for employees who have school aged children in case their school is closed, and they will need to be able to take care of their children.
  4. Employees:  From ADP: “New Federal Paid Leave Law for COVID-19: What You Need to Know” Read here
  5. Access to Facilities:  Department of Homeland Security CISA Access Letter here  November, 2020 Addendum/Update here
  6. Public access to studios:  Read David Oxenford’s article (3/17/20) “FCC’s 2018 Abolition of Main Studio Rules Means Broadcast Studios Do Not Need to Be Open to the Public During Coronavirus Outbreak”  Read here
  7. Sales and clients:  Review this video for sales management from Mark Levy, CRME, President, Revenue Development Resources, Inc
  8. Programming: Read (for your radio station) “19 Ideas To Talk About On The Air” from Chuck Knight Media (via RadioInk).  Read here.

Broadcast News Reporting Guidance:

  • Poynter’s Al Tomkins: (3/4/20) “How Newsrooms Can Tone Down Their Coronavirus Coverage While Still Reporting Responsibly.”  Read here.
  • Poynter article: (3/4/20) “AP Stylebook Tips on the Coronavirus.”  Read here.
  • Poynter article: (3/13/20) “The Journalism on Display Throughout the Coronavirus Story This Week has been Nothing Short of Spectacular.” Read here.

Coronavirus Information Resources:

  • State of Michigan Website on Coronavirus, including stats, press releases and more.  Access here.
  • State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies.  Access here.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Communication Resources (including video, fact sheets, and posters).  Access here.
  • CDC Real Time COVID-19 Situation SummaryAccess here.
  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIA) Resource page on Coronavirus.  Access here.
  • United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams contact page.  Access here.
  • National Jewish Health Coronavirus Information & Resources, includes travel tips, myth busting and more.  Access here.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer:

NAB Coronavirus Response Tool Kit:

  • Including PSAs, station operation resources and editorial guidelines. Access here.

Public Service Announcements

NEW 5/19/20: 30 Second Governor Gretchen Whitmer PSA Preview below;
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15 Second PSA Scripts for Live Reads/Local Production here

Produced 15 Second Television PSAs:

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