Like every news organization, we feel the stunning effect of the COVID-19 crisis. After the University of Georgia moved to online classes, we have been forced to suspend weekly print editions — at least through the end of summer 2020. It's simply not a good use of resources to print newspapers when tens of thousands of readers have left Athens.
But we have ramped up our already robust online coverage, adding reporters to our COVID-19 team. Online readership has surged. We've grown our newsletter readership and we are creating digital-only versions of our special publications and finding creative ways to support struggling local businesses.
The Red & Black is an independent, nonprofit student news organization. We receive no funding from the state or the university. We support ourselves through ad sales, events and donations. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we will lose virtually all print advertising and event revenue for the coming months. Although we are growing digital revenue and have slashed expenses, we face a major shortfall.
Whether you are a former Red & Black staff member, a UGA graduate or a reader who relies on our coverage of UGA and Athens, your support is vital. By supporting The Red & Black today, you help us provide readers with the news and information they need right now. You also are investing in the future by supporting the next generation of journalists.