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.
Six local newsrooms in New York were selected to receive almost $30,000 in funding – CNY Latino, Examiner Media, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc., and Watertown Daily Times, with each of these recipients getting $5,000. In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada are receiving $5,000 grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Access to trustworthy, accurate and local information is critical now more than ever in our state. These small investments can help fulfill immediate needs such as increasing frequency of publishing, tools to work remotely, combating misinformation and serving vulnerable and at-risk groups.
This is a part of Facebook's broader effort to provide support around COVID-19, including a separate $1 million in grants to supporting fact-checkers.
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The Facebook Journalism Project builds community through news, trains newsrooms globally, and achieves quality through partnerships. Along with Lenfest and LMA, the Facebook Journalism Project partnered with Canada’s News Media Association and The Independent News Challenge to include journalists in remote communities across Canada.
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Niagara Frontier Publications is a 76-year-old, family-owned, award-winning publishing company that is the first name people in Niagara County, Grand Island and the surrounding areas think of for timely, accurate, local news and information in print, on the web, and in social media.
NFP is the proud publisher of the Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune, Island Dispatch, The Lewiston-Porter Sentinel, Grand Island PennySaver and www.wnypapers.com.
“We are grateful The Facebook Journalism Project, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association selected us for this prestigious award,” GM/Managing Editor Joshua Maloni said. “Quite obviously, this is an extremely challenging time – for all of us – with a rapidly moving cycle of news. We are bombarded by constant floods of information we need to verify, edit, and deliver back to our community each day. This grant will help us in that endeavor, by allowing our staffers to work both in the office and remotely as we, too, practice responsible social distancing.
“Educating, informing, empowering and entertaining our readers, while helping local businesses stay afloat – that is our No. 1 priority. Thank you for helping us achieve that goal.”