Examiner Media — publisher of community news in print and online across all of Westchester and Putnam counties — has been awarded $5,000 from the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP), the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association (LMA), with the first 50 recipients of the $1 million dollars in grants to support COVID-19 news reporting announced today. The funding is designed to help fill immediate gaps for resource-constrained newsrooms.
In addition to Examiner Media, five other local newsrooms in New York were also selected to receive $30,000 in funding combined. The other five are CNY Latino, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc, and Watertown Daily Times with each of the recipients getting $5,000 – and with more recipients to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Access to trustworthy, accurate, and local information is critical now more than ever in our state,” a press release stated. “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.”
Facebook Vice President, Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown noted how “Journalists in local communities are working around the clock to ensure people have timely information to keep them safe.”
“Lenfest and the Local Media Association will help us quickly provide support for this critical reporting,” she stated.
The initiative is a part of what Facebook describes as a broader effort to provide support around COVID-19, including a separate $1 million in grants to supporting fact-checkers.
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