News21 journalism fellows from 17 universities investigate lingering impacts of the pandemic

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The Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multi-university reporting initiative headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has released “Unmasking America,” an investigation into the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the fellows traveled to dozens of communities across the country — both rural and urban — to report on how COVID-19 impacted people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The investigation focused on the pandemic’s effect on immigrant workers, the transition to virtual learning for students, food insecurity, unemployment, federal relief and childcare.

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