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Professional Athlete Vaccinations | A Tough Time For Journalists

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Professional sports teams like the Kansas City Royals are taking a different approach to convincing their players to get vaccinated.

How sports teams are convincing as many players as possible to get vaccinated, and why this is a risky time to be a member of news media.

Segment 1, starting at 1:00: How coaches working with players from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences are approaching getting everyone on their teams vaccinated.

Sports columnist Vahe Gregorian explains how patience and understanding, not demanding or bullying, are major keys to encouraging athletes to obtain COVID-19 immunization.

Segment 2, starting at 26:23: Widespread layoffs in newsrooms and commercial flights being hijacked are just two of the chances journalists take working in their profession.

Newsroom staff could also face the same fate awaiting Tribune Publishing, bought out by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund well known for gutting newsrooms. Then, there's the Associated Press reporter controversially fired for tweets she posted in college. We get opinions on just how risky being a journalist is these days.

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