Music Journalists Tell the Stories of COVID-19 Responders on New Blog Shift Change

The Medium page features editorials on healthcare workers and others on the front line, written by writers from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and other music sites.

For just over a week now, the newly launched Medium project Shift Change has been sharing thoughtful Q&A-style interviews with healthcare workers, mental health professionals, post office employees, chaplains, and all sorts of other people who’ve found themselves on the frontline of the COVID-19 epidemic. The questions deal with their experiences in their respective fields trying to manage the new obstacles brought upon by the pandemic, though the final question is always the same: What are you listening to?

This is no coincidence—Shift Change is the undertaking of a handful of music writers, editors, and podcasters branching out to use their journalism expertise to tell a different type of story. As these narratives are being shared (there will be forty in total), many of the bylines look familiar, though they’re outside the context of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, GQ, Billboard, and other site where we’re used to seeing them.

The project is in partnership with Supply Drop, a local-to-South-Brooklyn meal-drop organization looking out for the healthcare community, and it provides a much-needed documentation of many of the stories we aren’t seeing elsewhere. You can read all the stories published so far here.


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