O&AN Receives Facebook Journalism Grant for COVID-19 coverage

Out & About Nashville has been selected to receive a Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 US Local News Relief Grant. Facebook has announced that more than 200 news organizations will receive nearly $16 million in grants through the Facebook Journalism Project's relief fund for local news.

“We’re committed to serving our community during the coronavirus outbreak and this funding will help us continue responding to immediate community needs,” said Jerry Jones, owner and publisher. “This funding will help us focus on COVID-19 coverage and how it has affected our community. We are excited about the expanded coverage that we will be able to provide, and we appreciate the support of the Facebook Journalism Project.”

O&AN is one of five Tennessee media outlets to receive funding, and one of two in Nashville. O&AN is the only LGBTQ media out in Tennessee to receive funding, and one of three LGBTQ media outlets selected from across the country.

Receiving grants in Tennessee are:

Daily Memphian* Memphis, TN

Grant Amount: $75,000

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, our fiscal sponsor is Community LIFT Memphis, TN

Grant Amount: $72,420

Nashville Public Radio Nashville, TN

Grant Amount: $100,000

Out & About Nashville, Inc. Nashville, TN

Grant Amount: $69,358

The New Tri-State Defender Memphis, TN

Grant Amount: $50,000

LGBTQ Media Outlets:

Out & About Nashville, Inc. Nashville, TN

Grant Amount: $69,358

Project Q Atlanta East Point, GA

Grant Amount: $31,636

Pride Source Media Group Livonia, MI

Grant Amount: $100,000

These grants stem from $25 million in local news relief funding announced in March as part of Facebook's $100 million global investment in news. It includes:

  • $10.3 million being awarded to 144 US local newsrooms as part of the COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program.The fund is supporting many publishers who are hardest hit by this crisis: nearly 80 percent of recipients are family- or independently owned and more than half are published by or for communities of color.
  • $5.4 million being awarded to 59 North American newsrooms who have participated in Facebook Local News Accelerator programs focused on subscriptions and memberships.

O&AN, is a member of the National Equality Media Association and the Local Media Association. It’s also an active member of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a certified LGBT Business Enterprises® by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the other local newsrooms that have been chosen at the link below:


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