News publishing companies in Zimbabwe notably Alpha Media Holdings and The Chronicle have employed electronic papers to disseminate news as measures to reduce physical contact and curb the spread of COVID-19.
Following the President’s declaration of a 21 day lockdown , businesses have been closed and caused a shift in the corporate world , however media houses were exempted from the lockdown and considered an essential service to inform the nation during the lockdown.
Print media have adapted by taking advantage of the new technologies amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Electronic newspapers have been circulating on social media platforms clearly promoting social distancing , staying at home and no physical contact.
” Zimbabwe is under a 21 day lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no physical contact between readers and our staff ,the pandemic is wrecking havoc around the world economies let us all maintain social distancing.”
” Alpha Media Holdings will be providing electronic copies of it’s publications in PDF format starting 1April 2020,” reads Alpha Facebook post.
The Electronic papers are present on all it’s publications The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent.
Social media platforms in the form of Facebook , Whatsapp and Twitter will definitely allow such a digital transition and perhaps even after the pandemic print media can actually go electronic and abandon traditional means of disseminating news.