UA-Fayetteville journalism students to take over COVID-19 information site
Published in the Arkansas Press Association’s Publisher Weekly and with permission in the Clay County Courier.
Student journalists in the University of Arkansas School of Journalism and Strategic Media will assume management and operations of ArkansasCovid.com, a website established to provide definitive data and information about the coronavirus epidemic in the state.
The website was started in March by Misty Orpin of Springdale as a personal project. It has since drawn acclaim for “its colorful data visualizations, frequent Twitter updates and ... incisive analysis,” according to a news release from the university. The ArkansasCovid Twitter account has more than 11,000 followers.
A UA journalism intern has assisted on the site since May, and Orpin has partnered with Rob Wells, an assistant professor of journalism, on ArkansasCovid.com.
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