EG News Wins $5,000 Grant to Aid COVID-19 Coverage

by | Apr 9, 2020

A bit of happy news during this pandemic came Tuesday when we learned East Greenwich News is among 400 local newsrooms in North America to receive a $5,000 Facebook Journalism Project grant to support COVID-19 coverage.

The program is run in partnership the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Local Media Association in the U.S. Grants were awarded to news organizations in 48 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and in Canada. In Rhode Island, in addition to EG News, EcoRI and WhatsUpNewp also received grants.

Organizations will receive a $5,000 grant to cover unexpected costs associated with reporting on the coronavirus pandemic in their communities. For us here at EG News, that means we can get some freelance help and devote some money to beefing up our membership.

EG News reorganized as a nonprofit in 2017 because we wanted to develop three revenue streams: donations, sponsor advertising and grants. Grant money will always be the smallest of the three streams, but this recognition from FJP is both extremely helpful and a welcome affirmation of the work we are doing. Thanks for being a part of it!


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23 Comments

  1. Kate

    Hearty congratulations.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thanks!

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  2. Debra McMullen

    Great News!

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thanks!

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      • Ron Winde

        Congratulations. Well deserved.

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      • Cheryl Osborne

        That’s fabulous Elizabeth. Congratulations!

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        • Elizabeth McNamara

          Thanks, Cheryl!

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  3. Andy Nota

    Nice work EG news – well deserved.

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  4. Bethanie T.

    Congrats! Well deserved and well earned. Thank you for outstanding contribution to our community! So nice to have your efforts recognized with a grant.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thank you!

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  5. Congratulations. Good work.

    Congratulations. Thanks.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thank you!

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      • Sarah Francis

        Congrats! That’s great news for EG News as well as the other two sites!

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        • Elizabeth McNamara

          Thanks, Sarah. I really admire those other two, so it is nice company to keep!

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      • Ron Winde

        Congratulations. Well deserved.

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        • Elizabeth McNamara

          Thank you!

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  6. Margie

    Congratulations, Elizabeth! Thank you for keeping EG residents well-informed for so many years and for your tireless coverage through this COVID-19 pandemic. We are lucky indeed to have you in our corner!

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thanks, Margie!

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  7. C Corenthal

    Wonderful news. We need honest journalism now more than ever.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thanks, Caryn!

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  8. Jean McLevedge

    Congratulations, well-deserved.

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  9. Dave Abell

    Excellent coverage! Well done.

    I sent you a contribution, with the same comment.

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Thanks, Dave!

      Reply

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