The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation, a global news and journalism cooperative, has today announced it will be offering qualifying local news organizations with premium web hosting and online business support services completely free of charge for 3 years.
The JournSpark offer comes in direct response to the unprecedented challenges being imposed on local journalism businesses as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
The company is hoping to foster and support at-risk news businesses during the crisis by providing free web hosting, online business support, and software.
The JournSpark solution is available as of today.
“With the global Covid-19 outbreak, small news organizations face unprecedented unprecedented challenges. In an effort to assist thes at-risk outlets, we are offering JournSpark for free for 3 years. We hope with this small gesture we are able to alleviate some of the financial and technical burdens this virus is posing on news businesses, journalists and on society,” said W. Jeffrey Brown, Founding Chairman, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation.
All the features a news organization needs to work and function productively, remotely:
The JournSpark program includes features and services that are built for performance and reliability. Each hosting plan includes generous storage, instant WordPress installation, automated daily updates and backups, unlimited bandwidth.
Additionally, it includes free access to add-ons, third-party plugins, white-label software, transfer tools and much more to fuel your news business.
The Fourth Estate has set up a special page on its website for companies wishing to apply to journspark. The offer will be valid until the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
About the Fourth Estate (www.fourthestate.org)
The Fourth Estate is a global journalism public benefit cooperative with a mission to “contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.” Our core principles of truth, transparency and community, guide our stewardship of journalism and the greater public trust.
Incorporated as a Public Benefit Coopertative and operating as a multi-stakeholder, new-generation cooperative, members of the Fourth Estate are individuals and organizations representing news and journalism producers as well as consumers of the news product. Visit Fourth Estate on Civiq, and Twitter.