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Press Clips: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of Noozhawk's Coverage of the Pandemic

Since March 13, 2020, when public health officials reported the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Santa Barbara, Giana Magnoli has assigned, reported, written, re-written and/or edited more than 1,400 pieces about the interlocking crises of the pandemic - in between building real time disease data bases, responding to countless what-should-I-do reader questions and absorbing endless reams of coverage by other news organizations from around the state, nation and world - all while keeping track of a few other matters, like breaking news, redistricting and the status of the Conception dive boat disaster investigation, in her spare time.

With her third hand, she swatted flies.

"It's definitely been a very busy year," Giana said this week, a paragon of understatement.

In the latest installment of our series of interviews with Santa Barbara's small cadre of professional, um, news makers, Newsmakers checked in with Magnoli this week, for a case study conversation about behind-the-scenes nuts, bolts, ways and means of how a small staff of local journalists confronted the challenge of covering the biggest global story of the century for their audience.

Among other topics, Giana spoke of how her experience with the Solutions Journalism Network helped shape coverage, as Noozhawk punched above its weight in pounding out and updating a steady stream of utilitarian resource guides, reader-friendly service pieces and a weekly, one-stop Covid newsletter.

"It's a lot of balls in the air," Giana said. "We're not letting go of this (story) anytime soon."

Check out our conversation with Giana Magnoli via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here.

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