With so many non-essential businesses closed, smaller publishers are suffering as advertising streams begin to dry up.
This is just one of the many issues smaller newsrooms face, which is why it’s good to know there is a fund that those in need can call on.
Earlier this week the Google News Initiative launched the Journalist Emergency Relief Fund to deliver aid to newsrooms around the world.
The funding is open to any newsroom producing news for local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement sent out by Google, the funding will range from “low thousands of dollars” for smaller hyper-local newsrooms to “low tens of thousands” for larger newsrooms.
“We’ve made this as streamlined as possible to ensure we get help to eligible publishers all over the world. At the end of the process, we’ll announce who has received funding and how publishers are spending the money,” explained vice president of News at Google, Richard Gingras.
Google has also said that Google.org will be giving $1 million collectively to the International Centre for Journalists as well as Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
The hope is that these initiatives can offset some of the damage done to newsrooms caused by COVID-19.