Each site used the funding in a different way.
Crikey was able to keep a number of freelance reporters and two casual sub-editors engaged, helping it deal with falling revenues.
The funding also helped Crikey manage its copy pipeline more efficiently, talking pressure off permanent staff.
The Mandarin, working with another grant recipient Croakey, created and published a series of profile pieces on the public health officials fighting the virus.
SmartCompany employed Aron Lewis to write a series of helpful, small business articles.
Private Media Editor-in-chief Peter Fray said: “In total, the grant enabled us to publish almost 100 separate articles, serving our readers with high quality, pertinent journalism at a time they needed it most.”
Read the reporting
Read some of the stories from Crikey, The Mandarin and SmartCompany.
- The moral clarity of journalism is lost if the news really is from nowhere — Christopher Warren, Crikey
- Kerry Chant: pandemic policy advisor making a difference — The Mandarin
- “Everyone’s struggling”: The precarious future of sporting clubs in a post-COVID-19 world — Aron Lewis, SmartCompany