LOCAL NEWS IS RISKING IT ALL ON THE FRONTLINES OF COVID-19
America’s health care workers and other first responders are on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. Journalists are often there too, telling their stories, reporting on the spread of the virus, and providing critical information to communities across the country. The journalism industry was already at risk before COVID-19 due to tech giants’ siphoning off their ad revenue. Now, as local businesses close to help contain the virus, advertising revenue has declined even more. Local newsrooms across the country are being impacted — inciting furloughs and layoffs. Local news needs your help to survive this pandemic, too.
Below you can find a roundup of journalism’s ups and down amidst the coronavirus pandemic, as well as ways you can donate to support local news.
If you’re a journalist who’s been directly affected by COVID-19 layoffs or reductions, we’d love to hear your story. We also have a list of resources if you find your newsroom job has been impacted by the COVID-19 furloughs or layoffs.
THE GOOD NEWS
THE BAD NEWS
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In the midst of this COVID-19 global pandemic, supporting local newsrooms is more important than ever. Newsrooms are facing down that barrel of layoffs and furloughs in addition to risking their health and safety to keep their communities informed.
In addition to a robust response from state and federal governments to recover from Coronavirus, we need reporters, editors, photographers, producers, anchors, and more to ensure our democracy isn’t a victim, too.