At work we got a mini stylebook document explaining how to cover coronavirus in a way that is both technically accurate ( “outbreak” ok, “pandemic” no, at least at this moment) and gives people a good idea of where we’re at. It’s not about finding a middle ground between “run for the hills” and “it’s no big deal,” it’s about telling you exactly what is known at this time. At my last job I had to ask to have one (1) stylebook for the whole science team (and I had to make it.)
I just wanna say it warms my heart to see that there are news outlets that take journalism ethics seriously and won’t just write dishonest headlines for clicks. Yes headlines are clickable and content is consumable, but you 100% do not need to violate the public’s trust to write 11 Questions about the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, answered.