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Applications being accepted for Journalists’ Emergency Fund grants


Rod Hicks, SPJ Journalist on Call, 317- 954-0025,
Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134,

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its Journalists’ Emergency Fund created during the SPJ Day of Giving Back on April 30.

More than 200 donors, plus a significant matching gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, helped create a $40,000 fund to support journalists facing financial emergencies.

“SPJ is focused on supporting those journalists who have worked tirelessly every day to ensure that we all stay informed,” said SPJ National President Patricia Gallagher Newberry. “I encourage those in financial need during these difficult times to reach out to the Journalists’ Emergency Fund for support. It’s quick, easy and we hope you will find it helpful.” 

Journalists facing temporary hurdles due to job loss or income reduction may apply for funds up to $500 to help pay for everyday expenses such as rent, bills or groceries as they continue to seek employment. The grants do not need to be repaid.

“We hope these funds will help ease some of the burdens they face in these especially tough times,” said SPJ Foundation President Irwin Gratz. “This was the best way we could think of to show journalists that we support them, and we want to help get them back into their communities covering the stories that are important to their fellow citizens.”

Funding is available to both members and non-members of SPJ. A committee will make the selections and applicants will receive feedback within two weeks of submitting their information. All applicant information will be kept private.

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