The Journalists’ Charity has issued an appeal to national and regional press to carry adverts reminding the public of the vital role the media are carrying out during the Covid-19 crisis.
The charity is reporting an increase in those seeking its help as the current emergency takes its toll on the industry.
Launching the campaign, the charity’s chief executive, James Brindle, said: “For millions of people in this country, the idea of living through lockdown without journalism is simply unthinkable.
“Journalists have been working tirelessly to serve their audiences at a time when their normal working lives have been turned upside down, and many are facing an uncertain future.
“The coverage of this crisis shows the depth and quality of British journalism, from the national titles which continue to set the agenda, to the local and regional outlets which make a difference day in, day out, to the communities they serve. In so many ways, journalists are providing an essential service and it is right that we acknowledge and celebrate this vital role.
“What is particularly encouraging is hearing from members of the public who’ve been in touch to share their support for journalists at this crucial time, with many pledging generous donations to support our efforts to help those who’ve found themselves in dire straits.”
If you’re a publisher or editor and want to feature the advertisement, contact: james.brindle@