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      Influencers and COVID-19: reviewing key issues in press coverage across Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea

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          As COVID-19 broke out across the Asia Pacific from December 2019, media coverage on its impacts proliferated online. Among these discourses, coverage on influencers was prominent, likely as many of the issues arising from COVID-19 contingencies – such as digitalization, public messaging, and misinformation – are cornerstones of this digital economy. In response, this cross-cultural study draws on a corpus of Australian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean online news articles published between January and May 2020, to understand how local news ecologies were parsing the impacts of COVID-19 on influencers. From the coding of 150 news articles guided by Grounded Theory, this article focuses on the impact of the pandemic on influencers, and influencers’ engagements with and reactions to the pandemic. Our study of individual governments’ past engagements with their influencer industries suggest that local backstories and contexts are crucial to decipher why news angles tend to pitch particular stories on influencers.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                MIA
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                Media International Australia
                SAGE Publications (Sage UK: London, England )
                1329-878X
                2200-467X
                February 2021
                February 2021
                February 2021
                : 178
                : 1 , Extraordinary Issue II: Coronavirus, Crisis and Communication
                : 114-135
                Affiliations
                Curtin University, Australia
                Curtin University, Australia
                The University of Tokyo, Japan
                Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
                Author notes
                Crystal Abidin, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia. Email: crystalabidin@ 123456gmail.com
                Article
                10.1177_1329878X20959838
                10.1177/1329878X20959838
                8280558
                © The Author(s) 2020

                This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page ( https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

                Funding
                Funded by: Australian Research Council, FundRef https://doi.org/10.13039/501100000923;
                Award ID: DE190100789
                Categories
                Extraordinary Issue: Media and Pandemic
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