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The National Federation of Community Broadcasters has joined 40+ press-freedom and social-justice groups to ask Congress to support journalists and community media organizations during the coronavirus crisis.

The organizations ask Congress to allocate at least $5 billion to support local journalism in the next stimulus package. Specifically, we ask for support of public and community media in addition to creating an emergency fund to preserve newsrooms and reporting jobs. We also call for public investment to address the civic-information needs of those most impacted by the spread of news deserts across both rural and urban communities.

Read the letter here.

NFCB has worked on behalf of community radio for more than 40 years. It has served a crucial role to COVID-19 response for community media.