The NewsGuild-CWA is urging Congress to adopt provisions in its next stimulus package that will protect life-saving news operations from devastation. As businesses close due to COVID-19 restrictions, advertising revenue has plummeted, threatening news outlets, especially local and regional media, with extinction.
To address the crisis, The NewsGuild Executive Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for federal, state, and local governments to provide public funds and incentives to sustain news operations.
"Journalists are working on never-ending deadlines and risking their own health to provide life-saving information to a nation sheltering in place," NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss said. "News is an essential service and our country can't afford to lose it during this pandemic."