The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP), the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and the Local Media Association (LMA) are announcing the first round of North American local newsrooms receiving FJP Community Network grants to support their coronavirus news coverage. A complete list of winners will be announced in early April.
In the first round of grantees, 50 local newsrooms across the US and Canada are receiving $5,000 USD grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. The grants will help fulfill needs such as increasing frequency of publishing, combating misinformation and serving vulnerable and at-risk groups.
“We know these are trying times and local reporting is critical to our communities. We hope these grants can provide some needed support as newsrooms continue to do such important work,” the group said in a release.
OnFocus is really proud to see Wisconsin-based news group Madison365 from Madison, WI, as a first-round recipient!
Here at OnFocus, our team has been working around the clock to provide the most up-to-date COVID-19 coverage that we possibly can. We are a small (but dedicated) team of people to begin with, and this week have just two people at the news desk. That hasn’t stopped us from trying to provide you with great local content #ThatMattersMost! Our team did apply for a grant and hopes to hear back soon.
We hope you have enjoyed our coverage so far and look forward to hearing from all of you! Thanks to all who have shared their stories! If you have a story, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]!