The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle has been awarded a grant of $15,000 per year for two years by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The grant is in recognition of “the leadership [the Chronicle] is demonstrating in reporting on issues of importance to our community during the COVID-19 crisis,” according to a letter from the JHF confirming the grant.
“We thank you for your commitment to assuring that our region is informed of rapid developments during this pandemic, as well as the behaviors that they can embrace to maintain their own health and that of their family and neighbors,” the letter continued.
The Chronicle has felt the financial impact of the pandemic “as much as most other communal organizations,” said Jim Busis, the Chronicle’s CEO and publisher.
“We’re trying to do more with less. In our case, that means giving the community vital information on the course of the pandemic and its impact on people and organizations here.”
Since March 2020, the Chronicle has published more than 550 items that include news about COVID-19, while “enduring the largest decline in advertising we’ve ever seen,” Busis said.
“We’re grateful for the leadership role that the Jewish Healthcare Foundation has played for the community as a whole, and especially grateful for their helping us have the means to continue our complete coverage of COVID-19,” he added. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick