MorristownGreen.com is among three New Jersey news organizations, and among 144 nationwide, to receive funding from Facebook’s COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program.
These grants, announced on Thursday, will help publishers continue serving their communities through the coronavirus crisis that has devastated local economies, including ours in Greater Morristown.
Morristown Green will receive $25,000. Montclair Local was awarded $50,500, and Reporte Hispano of Princeton, $100,000.
More than 2,000 newsrooms across the country applied to Facebook’s COVID-19 relief program, which is distributing $10.3 million as part of a $100 million global investment in local news announced in March.
Recipients were selected through a process led by the Local Media Association (LMA) and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, with significant contributions from the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), Local Media Consortium (LMC), and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role local news plays in our communities, while simultaneously threatening their very existence. Reviewing hundreds of applications on a tight timeline both illustrated the depth of need, but also highlighted the innovation that these small, independent publishers can provide for their communities when given the resources,” Jonathan Kealing, INN’s chief network officer, said in a statement.
“I’m excited to see new news products and more critical original reporting in these communities, thanks to Facebook’s support.”
In the best of times, running a hyperlocal news site is a precarious endeavor. Morristown Green is grateful to Facebook for this grant–a lifeline during these dire days– and to our friends at the New Jersey News Commons and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University for their encouragement and good work.
And we are especially thankful for our readers and advertisers who have continued to show support even as they struggle to cope with the severe impacts of this pandemic.
We have been covering Greater Morristown since 2007. We have shared your triumphs and tragedies, your celebrations and your challenges.
Now, as we all face our greatest challenge, there are many more stories to tell. Stories of courage. Stories of sorrow. Stories of hope. Your stories. With your help, we will keep telling them.
We have lost dear friends over these long, gut-wrenching weeks. We mourn them as one family.
Emerging from this crisis won’t be easy. But Morristown has been proving its toughness ever since the Hard Winter that tested George Washington’s soldiers during the Revolution.
Morristown never quits. We look after each other. We will get through this.