Newsrooms are busy, loud places that thrive on collaboration under daily deadline pressure. So what happens when everyone is confined to their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
For the first time in its 165-year history, a print edition of The Age was put together without a newsroom on Thursday, as the newspaper’s staff worked remotely.
The Age’s Docklands newsroom was quiet, after management asked about 200 reporters, editors, photographers, designers, sub-editors, administrative and production staff to do their jobs from home.
For most, it meant a new way of doing things. Rather than discussing and developing story ideas in person, journalists briefed their editors in the morning using online messaging tool Slack and mobile phone app WhatsApp.