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Digitalization has accelerated as a result of the pandemic, transforming our ways of working and communicating, socially distancing us as we struggle to maintain collaborative endeavors. Decreasing trust in the media has multiple causes. In some parts of the world, journalism and journalists have been under fire for controversial and morally questionable newsgathering practices involving unjustified deception and intrusion. From the early 20th century, journalists began grappling with how to balance commitments to truth-telling, minimizing harm, and professional autonomy. Scholars have already begun to explore the impact of the coronavirus crisis on citizens, societies, journalism, and ethical practice. Journalism ethics needs a combination of realism – to understand the landscape and forge ahead within it – and idealism – to give encouragement for continued work toward delivering on journalism’s promise as an essential contributor to humankind’s development. Working with our authors has been a great privilege and honor in these precarious and uncertain times.