COVID-19 Hardship Fund Helps Freelancers Cover Everyday Expenses

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COVID-19 has made life difficult for freelance journalists around the world.

As a result of the pandemic’s effects on the global economy, many news organizations have either suspended or limited the freelance work they commission.

Valentine Iwenwanne, a Nigerian freelance journalist based in Lagos, had just returned from a long reporting trip in southern Nigeria when the government announced a lockdown on March 30 to curtail the spread of COVID-19. He started to send pitches he could put together from the comfort of his home, but had little luck. 

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