Internews launches rapid response fund to support journalism worldwide
GLOBAL NON-PROFIT Internews has launched a rapid response fund to help small, local news organizations worldwide continue to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The $100,000 fund will be made available immediately. Internews is also targeting to raise another $1 million in global commitments.
The rapid response fund will be the cornerstone of the campaign: “Information Saves Lives,” which aims to raise additional funds to help even more local and community media organizations, especially in countries where such organizations are struggling to exist.
Internews is urging governments, foundations, companies and individuals to contribute additional funds for the immediate support of journalists around the world. This will help ensure that information is provided where it is most needed: in some of the world’s hardest to reach communities, where healthcare and sanitation services are already under huge strain.
It will give Internews’ local media partners – such as community radio stations and online news outlets in more than 80 countries — access to emergency funding so they can continue their operations in increasingly dire economic conditions.
Internews has nearly 40 years’ experience working with journalists and media outlets in some of the most challenging environments in the world: from refugee camps in Kenya, to journalists during health crises like Ebola, to local reporters exposing corruption.