DEAR READER: WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Florida Courier is seeking donations to continue to serve minority communities throughout Florida.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

 

BY JENISE GRIFFIN
FLORIDA COURIER PUBLISHER

Since 2006, the Florida Courier has been a reliable news source for African Americans who reside in the state as well as a staunch advocate for issues that affect minorities as a whole.

With distribution of hard copies in pre-dominantly African American communities in every major city in Florida, we have established ourselves as the state’s largest single Black-owned media outlet.

Over the years, our in-depth reporting on African Americans in Florida has led to awards and recognition from the Florida Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Our coverage

As news reports now show, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected African Americans.

While Blacks make up about 16 percent of Florida’s population, data shows that we are dying at a higher rate than others in the state’s largest cities, which include Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

For months, the Courier has been committed to sharing the full picture with you – straight with no chaser.

We have shared stories relating to health, wellness, church and religion, education and employment opportunities, and the lack thereof. Along with those stories, we will continue to share profiles of courage, stories of hope, faith and resilience.

But we need your help.

Make a donation

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought serious distress to local economies, and advertising along with them. As many newspapers around the country have resorted to, Courier staffers have all taken pay cuts.

During this pandemic, we are looking at different revenue streams to ensure that we can continue coverage of the crisis. Therefore, we are asking our readers to consider making tax-deductible donations directly earmarked for our coverage of COVID-19.

The Courier has partnered with the non-profit Local Media Foundation (localmedia.org) to enhance our coverage of COVID-19 around the state. The COVID-19 Local News Fund, a program administered by the foundation, is accepting donations on our behalf at Givebutter.com/floridacourier.

We are asking businesses, organizations and individuals to consider making a donation via Givebutter.com/floridacourier. And for those who can support us further through advertising, please contact us our sales manager, J. Michael McKay via email at JMichaelMcKay@aol.com or by calling 248-757-0084.

Newsletter and apps

Contributions to the Florida Courier COVID-19 Local News Fund will help pay for resources so that our team of journalists who live and work around the state can continue to provide important news and information as a public service during this unprecedented crisis.

Our dramatically increased online readership during the coronavirus crisis indicates that you’re still reading the newspaper even though you can no longer pick up the print issue.

In addition to the print issue and website, the Florida Courier also is rolling out a new newsletter that will keep you abreast throughout the week about COVID-19 and other news. Sign up for it at flcourier.com. A Florida Courier Android app and iPhone app are also in the works.

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to share Black life state-wide.

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