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Facebook emergency grant aids local journalists during COVID-19 crisis

Original post made on May 12, 2020

Embarcadero Media has received a $100,000 emergency grant to sustain its work during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Facebook Journalism Project's COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:23 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 12, 2020 at 10:47 am

Is Facebook giving money to all local journalists or just the ones who write nice stories about them?


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Posted by Why
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 12, 2020 at 11:05 am

Don’t give money to journals and fake news. If they fail, they fail. It’s result of mismanagement and poor journalism. This is why almanac has been failing for years!


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 12, 2020 at 12:53 pm

The better way to have handled this would've been for Facebook to have funneled the funds through know press finders such as the. Knight Foundation, SNA Foundation, American Press Institute, etc. That way hopefully avoiding chances of impropriety by grantees of the funds.
Once an entity knows who has given them funds there always lurks the chance of having your reporting and editorial influenced.
This is especially true when that direct donor is the largest company and employer in your local.


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Posted by Three Cheers
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on May 12, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Terrific! Embarcadero Publishing deserves this Grant and more. Our local governments need a watchdog so residents will understand why things are the way they are. Without the Almanac, the administration could continue to present to the public only the happy news. How do residents know what the overall plans are for the future of Menlo Park?
A local newspaper informs the public as to the development projects before our council and how our council votes. This information guides us when we vote for new council members. Every city needs journalists to keep residents informed.

Three cheers for the Facebook Grant. Now, the rest of you, pony up and support your town newspaper.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 12, 2020 at 2:17 pm

edit to my above comment

"funneled the funds through known press funders"


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Posted by Why not?
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 12, 2020 at 3:34 pm

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 12, 2020 at 5:02 pm

As an aside the SFChron reported today that MarkZ and wife gave $100k to each of eight of their favorite restaurants to basically use as needed. Most of them around here on the Peninsula. Guess to make sure the can get their favorites after this virus ends.
I bet organizations like Ecumenical Hunger Program and local churches that feed the needy could have put that $800k to good use helping hundreds. Apologies if the Zs' foundation is giving already substantial funds to those orgs during this crucial time of need.


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Posted by if ya read it....
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 12, 2020 at 5:05 pm

> It’s result of mismanagement and poor journalism. This is why almanac has been failing for years!

Yet...

They haven't failed. Despite your silly claim "has been failing for years".

And...

You see fit to use their many services (news, opinion, calendar, etc..)

Well, at least with you as a fine, honorable, upstanding citizen, we know you are paying the Almanac for the many services of which you avail yourself.

Right?


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Posted by Why
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 13, 2020 at 10:32 am

Well the almanac is free for a reason, no one in their right mind would pay for their third-rate “journalism”. I certainly would not


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Posted by Town Square Moderator
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

@Whatever,

What you suggest is exactly what Facebook and Google have done with the grant programs. The programs are administered by independent, nonprofit journalism organizations. In the case of Facebook program, it was under the auspices of the Local Media Association and the selection committee consisted of representatives of the Institute for Nonprofit News, Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Local Independent Online News Publishers, Local Media Consortium and the National Association of Broadcasters.


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Posted by if ya read it....
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on May 13, 2020 at 4:10 pm

> I certainly would not

So you use the product and don't pay for it. And then insult it.

Thanks for sharing - it clarifies much. Everyone reading this knows whats going on.


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Posted by Takashi
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm

If you are a business owner who is also a political donor to a City Council member in San Mateo County odds are good that you got a $10,000 grant from San Mateo County Strong.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 13, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Town Square Moderator
If what you say is true why wasn't that info in the article. However it does nothing to address the problem of the news orgs knowing who gave the money. Also 2000 applicants and only 20 some grantees one of the largest of which is the Almanac, PA Weekly org
Sorry, doesn't pass the uninfluenced press smell test.


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Posted by Town Square Moderator
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 13, 2020 at 8:17 pm

@whatever

If you read the article you'll see that 144 organizations received grants. Facts do matter. You're zero for 2.


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