Mar 24, 2020 - Health

Twitter donating $1 million to journalism nonprofits amid coronavirus

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Twitter said Tuesday that it's donating $1 million to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation ($500,000 each) to support newsrooms while covering the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: Many newsrooms are struggling with how to balance covering the virus while ensuring the safety of their employees. Others are struggling to cover COVID-19 without the steady stream of ad revenue coming in during the pandemic.

Details: According to a blog post by Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde, the funds will be used to ensure that news organizations "can continue their work in the face of new economic strains and to directly support journalists."

  • Gadde says Twitter is doing this because journalism is core to its service "and we have a deep and enduring responsibility to protect that work."

The big picture: Dozens of local newsrooms began laying people off this week out of fear the economic hit of the coronavirus could severely hit their ad revenue.

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Exclusive: Facebook funding coronavirus coverage, fact-checking

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Facebook will announce on Tuesday two new efforts to help support newsrooms and fact-checkers in efforts to promote quality information about the coronavirus.

By the numbers: Facebook will donate $1 million to local newsrooms to help them cover the crisis and $1 million to fact-checkers' efforts reviewing news coverage for virus misinformation.

How newsrooms are preparing for coronavirus while also covering it

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Newsrooms are creating contingency plans to make sure that they can adequately inform the public about the novel coronavirus while keeping their own employees safe.

Why it matters: Some news products, including newspapers, magazines, video and events, require in-person manpower to produce. With work-from-home policies in place, products and editorial procedures will need to change.

Vox Media and Google launch "Concert Local" ad network

Illustration: Vox Media

Vox Media, the parent company to brands like The Verge, SB Nation, GrubStreet and more, is partnering with Google to create a local advertising network called "Concert Local."

By the numbers: While neither party would confirm the amount, it's understood that the investment is over $1 million.