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A letter from the editor

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Newsday editorial staff holds a morning meeting on Zoom. Credit: Newsday / Debby Krenek

Newsday journalists are working around the clock to bring you essential information during this challenging time.

Our colleagues have produced hundreds of stories, videos, photographs and blog posts on how Long Island, the state, the nation and the world are coping with and battling the coronavirus, delivering this content in print and on your phone, tablet and desktop.

Our coronavirus coverage is open to everyone at newsday.com because it is so important to our community. To keep up with the latest developments, sign up for the free daily “Tracking the Coronavirus” electronic newsletter. And to our subscribers, we want to say thanks for your important support for strong, local journalism and we want to remind you that your subscription includes digital access and the electronic “e-edition" of the newspaper.

Newsday’s newsroom has been empty since last week, as we join other Long Islanders in working remotely. Our colleagues are more often reporting the news by telephone and videoconferencing, and we’re capturing video and photos over the internet and using images shared by you. We’re following public health guidelines — for your safety and ours. When it is important to be at a scene reporting, we’re taking the recommended precautions, maintaining social distance guidelines, and conducting interviews outdoors.

We’re also getting lots of help from you—you’re sharing images of what life is like for you and your family. And we’ve begun “Coronavirus FAQ,” to answer key questions that come from you and arise through our daily reporting. Please continue to reach out to us with tips and story ideas at coronavirus@newsday.com. And share your pictures with us on our Instagram account.

We also want to help you find ways to take a break as you and your family are home together:

  • LI Acts of Kindness chronicles the stories of people helping people across Long Island during this time. Our colleague Lisa Irizarry reminds us “smiles can be hard to come by these days,” but the Village of East Hills is inviting kids to send in notes, drawings and photos by email that will be forwarded by computer to local nursing homes residents. Village trustee Clara Pomerantz said she thought of the “Made You Smile” program what is "Made You Smile"? This is a first reference/RB when nursing homes were quarantined.
  • Starting Monday, we’re adding Gameday Plus! There will be 10 new games for all ages to enjoy. You’ll find them on the center two pages of the main news section every day except Saturday (when our games are in the Explore FUN section).
  • Stuck inside? Some upbeat ways to pass the time is a feature of things to do and see from Newsday, from streaming shows to science experiments for kids at home. We’ll continue to update it. Let us know your ideas.

We’re working on the stories unfolding now and preparing for those ahead — from the growing challenges facing medical care providers and the latest news from government leaders to tips for staying safe and healthy and updated advice on finding the essentials you need at home. The weeks ahead will be crucial ones for our community and we will do our best to bring you the latest news and information that provide insight and context on challenges here.

We know you depend on us for accurate, deep local journalism and we are committed to doing our best. Let us know what we can do to help. Be safe.


Deborah Henley,
Editor

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