This feature article will be a deep dive into Australians who moved to New York City, found jobs and now are in limbo between coming back to Australia, with no home or job or staying in the epicentre and risk catching Covid-19.
There are around 15,000 Australians living and working in New York and 150,00 confirmed cases of the virus, exceeding 20,000 deaths. There are approximately 18 million people who live in the city. A huge population, coexisting in contained spaces, only allowed to leave home for essential work, groceries or exercise.
This story is as relevant as ever, with new research suggesting at least 14% of people in the city have the virus. The imagery flooding our newsfeeds is somewhat apocalyptic, people in hazmat suits treating patients in Central Park, the vibrant streets of the city completely empty.
Audience and Publication
ABC News has upwards of 25 million monthly readers, providing a range of stories with neutral political standing. With this in mind, their feature articles are well researched and often ground breaking. Their coverage of the pandemic is global, with factual hard news stories alongside features, addressing human interest stories to diversify their Covid-19 content.
This article is well suited to the ABC, as the real stories provide a different take to the virus, bringing the situation in America home to Australia, so to speak.
This feature could also be used across ABC’s broader platforms; Triple J and Hack.
Research and sources
This article will focus on the stories of Joanna and Callum, two Australians in New York.
I will base it on how they are spending their time, why they chose to stay in the city, how they are staying connected and what New York is like for them right now.
This will be purely based on their experiences, however punctuated by the changing Covid-19 statistics in the city to make the story newsworthy, as well as being human interest.
- Video interviews over FaceTime: inserting clips of the videos to break up the content
- Videos and photo galleries taken by Joanna and Callum to reflect what they are doing in the city.
- Social media – key images from the article to be shared on ABC News’ own page, allowing for people to share it to their own stories.
- Hyperlinks throughout, opening new tabs to items referenced in the story.
Ultimately, this story is strong as it shows the power of human resilience when faced with a global pandemic. Through communicating with my sources, they have provided insight that is only possible from lived experience and an experience that is lacking in a lot of the Australian news about the situation in New York City.