FUND TO SUPPORT LEBANON’S NEWS INDUSTRY

The Facebook Journalism Project, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has announced that it will invest $300,000 in a new program that aims to support the stabilisation and recovery needs of journalists and news organisations in Lebanon affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut on August 4. The program – “Supporting Beirut: Response and Recovery Fund”– will assist in supporting local news outlets that have suffered damage to infrastructure and resources.

ICFJ and Facebook will award $150,000 in emergency relief funds to Beirut-based news organisations and journalists directly impacted by the blast and in need of urgent financial support.

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it will donate more than $2.1 million to local hospitals, medical institutions and NGOs to support relief and recovery efforts, $1 million of which has been matched by Facebook’s community as part of a fundraiser.

ICFJ, a nonprofit organisation focused on raising the quality of journalism worldwide, will mobilise its local networks to implement a two-phased response and recovery initiative to the Beirut crisis.

The first phase of this program will involve identifying Lebanese news organisations and journalists in need of urgent financial support. Impacted journalists and news organisations will then be able to apply for immediate emergency relief grants. ICFJ will award grants to select Beirut-based news organisations and journalists that fulfill a set criteria.

The Facebook Journalism Project and ICFJ will offer additional, deeper support to select Beirut-based news organisations during phase 2, depending on the longer term impacts of the crisis.

Find more information about this initiative here.