Newspack publishers earn share of $16 million Covid-19 relief package

Thirteen newsrooms in the Newspack program were awarded a total of more than $1 million as part of Facebook Journalism Program’s relief effort for local news due to Covid-19.

More than 200 newsrooms were awarded nearly $16 million, the social media giant announced today. Facebook is also giving $2.5 million to Report for America, a national organization that helps pay for reporters at 160 newsrooms.

More than 2,000 newsrooms applied for the support, which ranges from $25,000 to $100,000.

Among the overall stats in the news release by Facebook, half of the grant recipients are published by or for communities of color; slightly more than a third are non-profits; almost 80 percent are independently owned.

The Newspack participants who received grants were:

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