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A collection of obituaries on the media professionals who lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic
How can we understand loss on the scale we’re now experiencing?
Worldwide, more than 530,000 people have died, according to The New York Times, with more than 130,000 deaths in the U.S. Those numbers will keep changing. We’ll keep updating them. They’ll still be hard to comprehend.
So as many of us have been taught to do, we’re gathering the stories alongside the numbers. Here, we’re collecting the published obituaries of the journalists and those employed by the media around the world who’ve died because of the coronavirus.
Please let us know who we’re missing. We’ll keep this updated.
S’busiso Mseleku, a veteran sports journalist in South Africa, died Aug. 17. He was 59. From Eye Witness News’ remembrance:
Mseleku worked for several media organisations including The Sowetan, Lumumba Sports, SABC and City Press where he was the sports editor.
Somashekhar Yadavatti, a senior journalist in India, died August 16. He was 49. From Outlook’s story:
Mourning the journalist”s demise, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa called Yadavatti a ”simple, soft- spoken and a gentleman,” who made a mark with his unbiased reporting.
Ashok Churi, a veteran journalist and activist in India, died Aug. 7. He was 71. From the Hindustan Times’ story:
Churi owned and edited the- Palghar Times – a Marathi weekly paper – and would highlight the plight of tribals and the
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/the-journalists-and-colleagues-weve-lost-to-the-coronavirus/