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Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

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*October 6 UPDATE* 
We are transitioning this GoFundMe account to IWMF’s payment page. While this account is still active for updates, please DONATE at . The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund is partnered with IWMF to fund mental health treatment to Black journalists who otherwise can't afford it. To date, the BJTRF has supported 89 journalists based in the United States. 

To see the list of qualifications and apply, click on the link below. Please note that requests for funding are approved/denied by a group not a single individual.

Black Journalists Can Apply for Funding Through This NEW Form 

This fund is designed to provide financial assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time. While publications ask Black journalists — both freelance and full-time staff members — to put their lives at risk to report on racial injustices and embed themselves within the protests, they rarely provide resources for these same journalists to process the trauma incurred both on the job and in daily life. There are no therapists designated for this fund, so the money can be used at the applicant's discretion, whether it’s to continue seeing their current therapist, to see a therapist for the first time, or to pay for their medication. The hope is to be able to match each applicant's desired amount up to $1500.

Key Readings: 

Black Journalists Are Exhausted  (Patrice Peck, New York Times)

George Floyd and the special hell reserved for black journalists covering his killing  (LZ Granderson, LA Times

Black Journalists and Covering the Storm That Never Passes  (Danielle C. Belton, The Root)

‘The terror of wearing both a press badge and black skin’: Black journalists are carrying unique burdens  (Elahe Izadi and Paul Farhi, Washington Post)

How journalists’ jobs affect their mental health: A research roundup  (Chloe Reichel, Journalist's Resource From Harvard Kennedy School)

Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here? (Char Adams, The New Republic)

This fundraiser was inspired by the Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund which was started by Luther Hughes, Founder of Shade Literary Arts.


  • Abigail Sellars
    • $10 
    • 1 yr
  • Jennifer Hisrich
    • $18 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $15 
    • 2 yrs
  • Kristen Buford
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Mónica Zorrilla
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Sonia Weiser
New York, NY
Stephanie Holladay

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