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Journalists’ Charity affirms its support for the industry amidst the COVID-19 crisis

Posted on: March 23, 2020 by Ellen Bramley

The Journalists’ Charity has assured those it supports, and the industry as a whole, that it stands ready to help members of the profession in these times of need.

In an open letter to supporters, the charity’s Chief Executive James Brindle said the Journalists’ Charity was able to offer emergency assistance for journalists who were facing difficult circumstances.

“At a time when an enormous amount of strain and pressure is being placed on journalists, I want to assure you that the Journalists’ Charity remains on hand to provide help, support and emergency assistance. While we’ve changed the way we work to stay safe, it’s business as usual,” said Brindle. 

“Whatever happens next during these difficult and challenging times, the Journalists’ Charity will remain on hand to offer help and support for journalists, former journalists and their dependants. 

He adds: “In these unprecedented times, journalism has arguably never been more important to society. Journalists are working tirelessly across every sector to deliver the latest news and information to audiences, while continuing to hold the authorities both locally and nationally to account.”

The Journalists’ Charity was founded by Charles Dickens in 1864 to help journalists and their dependants going through tough times.

As well as offering help and guidance to journalists of all ages and backgrounds, the charity provides confidential advice, emergency support and financial assistance, often when there’s nowhere else to turn.

The charity works closely with a number of partner organisations including The Printing Charity, NUJ Extra and Step Change to signpost other specialist services.

You can find more information on the Journalists’ Charity and what they do, via their website.