The Google News Initiative (GNI) has launched a relief fund to help newsrooms deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

The initiative, which works with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age, said local newsrooms were a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times.

They play an even greater function in reporting on local lockdowns, and how COVID-19 was affecting daily life.

“But that role is being challenged as the news industry deals with job cuts, furloughs and cutbacks as a result of the economic downturn prompted by

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