Two early casualties of media cost-cutting caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been freelancers and casual contributors. To address this the Judith Neilson Institute created a fund to support these journalists and provide some cost-relief to media organisations.
Media organisations were invited to apply for financial support for freelancers and casual contributors to undertake specific projects. This could be for one story, or a series of stories, editorial support, or a photography assignment. There was no limitation on topics. All media organisations, including independent and regional media were encouraged to apply.
The Institute is no longer accepting applications for funding under this initiative. However, JNI continues to welcome unsolicited grant ideas and proposals, as part of its grants program. You can find out more about the program and how to apply here.
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