In an effort to remain viable and continue providing the African American, underserved, minority and other disenfranchised communities in the Pacific Northwest with critical information and news related to COVID-19, The Seattle Medium Newspaper has partnered with the Local Media Association to establish a COVID-19 Local News Fund for The Seattle Medium Newspaper.
The Fund, which can be accessed online at givebutter.com/seattlemedium, provides an opportunity for our local readers, supporters, partners and philanthropic community to make donations that will help the Seattle Medium sustain our local reporting efforts, and our ability to continue delivering news and timely updates on the COVID-19 pandemic to our community.
The COVID-19 coronavirus is the worst economic and health pandemic to hit the world in modern history. It has brought serious distress to local economies, and The Seattle Medium newspaper is no exception. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Seattle Medium has lost a significant amount of revenue as advertisers have cancelled ad buys, which is the economic lifeblood of newspapers.
“As an essential business, we are continuing to provide important news and information, both online and in our print edition, during this unprecedented crisis,” says Chris B. Bennett, publisher/editor of The Seattle Medium. “However, in the face of these new economic challenges, it is clear that The Seattle Medium newspaper must fight for its own survival.”
“We have applied for numerous grants and financial resources offered by the City of Seattle, King County, the State of Washington and other private and non-profit funding sources to no avail,” continued Bennett. “That is why we are turning to our loyal readers, partners and our community for their support in order for us to continue providing our community with news and information that might otherwise go unreported.”
For over 50 years, The Seattle Medium newspaper has served the local community by keeping them informed on issues and events that affect and enhance the quality of life of all people in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to providing news and information, The Seattle Medium also, in conjunction with 1420 KRIZ and 1620 KYIZ, holds annual food, coat and toy drives to benefit the less-fortunate in our community. However, this legacy of service is now in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tax-deductible donations made to The Seattle Medium COVID-19 Local News Fund will help pay for printing and distribution costs during COVID-19 crisis, resources to cover the impact that the virus is having on our community, and allow The Seattle Medium to utilize our media resources to provide promotional campaigns to other local, community-based businesses in order to help them keep their doors open during and after the pandemic is over.
“For over 50 years, the community has relied on us as a trustworthy source of information, a catalyst for change and as a rally point for inspiration towards economic and ethnic empowerment,” say Bennett. “And now, we have to rely on the community to make it through this pandemic.”
“It’s not easy for anybody, but we know our community is much stronger when we work together, so that’s why we are asking people to donate, if they are in a position to do so, any amount to help us continue providing critical information that will help keep our community safe, healthy and alive,” added Bennett.
In addition to establishing the Seattle Medium COVID-19 Local News Funds, the Seattle Medium has also partnered with The Central Area Senior Center, Byrd Barr Place, The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, First A.M.E. Church and King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to provide 8-week subscriptions to the Seattle Medium to local area seniors and other populations in our community that are highly vulnerable to complications related to COVID-19 free of charge.
“Despite our own struggles, I don’t want anyone to leave their house unless they absolutely have to,” says Bennett.
“We know that many people in our community rely on our newspaper for information and we also know that a number of them have put themselves at risk in order to get our paper and stay informed on this pandemic and other news affecting our community,” Bennett continued. “So, I’m so happy that some of our community partners have made it possible for nearly 1,000 seniors in our community to receive our newspapers in the comfort and safety of their homes for free.”
Members of the community can contribute to the Seattle Medium COVID-19 Local News Fund online at givebutter.com/seattlemedium. Donations are tax-deductible, but you should contact your tax advisor for more information on tax-deductible contributions and limits.