Funding from Europe

Edinburgh website awarded £10k pandemic support

The Edinburgh Reporter, the hyper-local news website and monthly newspaper, has been awarded £10,000 emergency funding by the European Journalism Centre.

The funding will help counter losses to its advertising income and commercial sponsorship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phyllis Stephen, editor, said: “It means that we can plan for the months ahead, we can continue to produce our free newspaper for distribution, and continue to update our readers daily about the developments in the Covid-19 situation.

“During the pandemic we started up our Edinburgh Delivers page which was a way of covering all the essential food and drink businesses in Edinburgh who continued to operate in some form or another.

“We have also tried to highlight the essential work being carried out by the many volunteers in the city who continue to deliver food parcels and meals to those who need them.

“The EJC and the Facebook Journalism Project have been immensely supportive to local news organisations like us all over Europe, and we thank them most sincerely for this very welcome support.”

Through Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund, the EJC has awarded, to date, a total of 162 core funding grants to news organisations and freelancers in 35 European countries.

Since the Fund launched in April, its team has reviewed 2,699 applications across both waves of funding, and in the coming months it will publish detailed finding about how journalists in Europe are responding to the impact of the pandemic, and adapting to serve their communities. 

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