LocationAlhambra , CA
The Facebook Journalism Project has announced that 400 local newsrooms in North America will be receiving grants to support their COVID-19 reporting and we are pleased that Alhambra Source is one of them. Each newsroom will receive $5,000 to help defray unexpected costs related to covering the coronavirus in their neighborhoods.
“Local news enterprises have responded with superb, real-time, comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, but many newsrooms are resource-constrained just when our commented need us most,” said Jim Friedlich, from the Lenfest Institute of Journalism, in explaining the importance of the grants.
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association are collaborating with the Facebook Journalism Project in the funding initiative in the United States.
The Alhambra Source was the only SGV newsroom to be awarded a grant in this round of funding. Since the start of the public health emergency in March, Alhambra Source has filed important daily stories detailing the number of cases in Alhambra and the surrounding communities in the San Gabriel Valley as well as important updates on the L.A. County Department of Public Health Officer Orders and locations of mobile testing sites.
Alhambra Source readership has surged through this pandemic and we recently hit a new high in unique pages with more than 54,000.
“The COVID-19 story is unlike anything we have ever experienced and we are extremely grateful to the Facebook Journalism Project, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association for their grant, which will allow us to continue to bring important contextual reporting to the West SGV,” said Jon Thurber, the publisher of Alhambra Source.
This is the second round of funding from this consortium. The first round of 50 grant recipients was announced in March. The Facebook Journalism Project doubled the total grant pool to $2 million after more then 200 North American publishers applied in the first 48 hours after the application launched.