The Society of Professional Journalists is repurposing its annual Day of Giving to be a Day of Giving Back to aid journalists in need of financial assistance.
On April 30, instead of raising funds to support SPJ programs as it usually does on Day of Giving, SPJ will ask supporters to help provide financial relief for journalists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of the Journalists’ Emergency Fund.
Donations will provide emergency support of up to $500 to cover rent, food and other ongoing expenses for affected journalists as we continue to battle through the pandemic. Follow and share the campaign on social media using #SPJGivesBack.
Journalists will be able to apply online and each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Because funds are often needed immediately, decisions will be made as quickly as possible upon receipt of the application.