The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) a non-profit organisation has is launched a Media Relief Fund, to assist journalists who lost their jobs and income as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The body has also requested journalists who previously benefitted from the fund, but their circumstances have not changed or have since worsened, to apply and that they are also eligible to receive the funds.
Affected journalists have been encouraged to submit their applications and will be applying from today, April 29th, and tomorrow, to be considered by the fund.
Struggling journalists including those freelance or contract journalists are encouraged to apply for the funds, which come as a huge relief, amidst the pandemic.
The journalists also need to have been retrenched, received substantial salary cuts, or had their contracts canceled, from the date of the implementation of the country’s national lockdown on March 26th, 2020 – or thereafter – as a result of COVID-19.
Photographers, print, Magazines, Community print, broadcast and multimedia journalists are all included.