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The Journalists Charity - Helping journalists since 1864

Queen highlights Journalists’ Charity appeal

Her Majesty the Queen has added her support to the Journalists’ Charity’s drive to recognise the role of journalism during the Covid-19 crisis, with a series of messages posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter account.

The initiative features adverts designed to run online and in print which highlight the ongoing efforts to keep audiences up to date with the latest information and developments on the Covid-19 crisis. The campaign’s being backed by regional and national titles which include the Guardian, FT, DC Thomson, News UK as well as the Society of Editors. A number of prominent journalists including Piers Morgan, Robert Peston and Julie Etchingham have also given their backing on social media.

Speaking about the importance of the initiative, the charity’s CEO, James Brindle said: “For millions of people in this country, the idea of living through lockdown without journalism is simply unthinkable. Journalists have been working tirelessly to serve their audiences at a time when their normal working lives have been turned upside down, and many are facing an uncertain future.

“The coverage of this crisis shows the depth and quality of British journalism, from the national titles which continue to set the agenda, to the local and regional outlets which make a difference day in, day out, to the communities they serve. In so many ways, journalists are providing an essential service and it’s right that we acknowledge and celebrate this vital role.

“What’s particularly encouraging is hearing from members of the public who’ve been in touch to share their support for journalists at this crucial time, with many pledging generous donations to support our efforts to help those who’ve found themselves in dire straits.”

Source: Journalists’ Charity