Western Pennsylvania Journalist Emergency Relief Fund
This is an unprecedented time for journalists across the country — and right here at home. Many of our friends and colleagues face layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts due, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, we're raising funds to help Western Pennsylvania journalists who have been impacted by the economic fallout.
As Mister Rogers once said, "Look for the helpers." In a true neighborly manner, we want to be the helpers.
For a full explanation and to see who is eligible, read the information below or visit PghJournalists.com. Follow our Twitter account at @PghJournalists.
How it works
If you’re a professional journalist in the Greater Pittsburgh area who has been laid off, furloughed, had your pay cut by your news outlet or have lost out on freelance work, you can apply to receive support.
This fund can help journalists pay for expenses including, but not limited to, housing, food, child care, medical bills and utilities.
We define “journalists” as reporters, editors, photographers, and designers at both unionized and non-unionized news outlets and freelancers whose work appears in professional news outlets.
Journalists do not need to work for a regional news outlet. However, applicants must be able to verify that they live in one of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington or Westmoreland. Proof of residency will be required to receive funds.
The money to build this relief fund will come from colleagues and supporters of journalism. Money will be collected through a GoFundMe account.
For more information, visit PghJournalists.com.
Preferred email address
This should be an email address we can easily reach you at — a personal email address is preferred.
Preferred phone number
This should be a number we can easily reach you at — a personal cell phone or home phone.
What kind of employee are you?
If you were laid off/furloughed, please indicate your most recent employment status.
Please list the publication(s) you work for.
What kind of impacts are you experiencing?
I've had my pay cut
I've been temporarily furloughed
I've been laid off
What do you need help with?
Please indicate a brief description of what you are seeking assistance with.
Please provide a range of how much money you need.
How would you like to receive funds?
We will do our best to accommodate other disbursement methods.
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