Renaissance Journalism awards $185K to news orgs for COVID-19 coverage


Renaissance Journalism has awarded $185,000 to 20 “nonprofit community, ethnic and university news organizations that are covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area,” it announced.

The project aims “to provide emergency funding relief to a select group of nonprofit news organizations that, at great risk to their own journalists, are struggling to cover the pandemic and its impact on our area’s diverse and most vulnerable communities. At the same time many of these local news outlets face financial difficulties as the accompanying downturn in the economy has led to lost advertising, donations and other revenues.”  

The grantees are: Bay City News Foundation (, Berkeleyside, CalMatters, EdSource, El Tecolote, El Tímpano, KALW, KBBF 89.1 FM, KQED, Mother Jones, Mission Local, Nichi Bei Foundation, Radio Bilingüe, Reveal (The Center for Investigative Reporting), San Francisco Bay View, San Francisco Public Press, San Francisco State University (Journalism Department), San Jose State University (Journalism Department), Street Sheet (Coalition on Homelessness) and YR Media (formerly Youth Radio). 

The grants are supported by: The California Wellness Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Whitman Institute.

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