Facebook gives $5000 grants to local news to fund coronavirus coverage


Facebook on Tuesday announced that there are 400 local news organizations that are receiving grants to bolster their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Facebook Journalism Project, launched in January 2017 to bolster the industry, chose local outlets in North America for this round of $5,000 grants. The grants amount to $2 million in total and are part of a larger set of grants totaling $100 million that Facebook announced last month.

Although the grants are small, company executives believe they are having a positive impact.

Though critics have noted that Facebook, along with Google and other tech giants, played a role in taking advertising away from local newspapers and publications, Journalism Project head Brown said the company wants to be part of the solution.

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