News | Round-up April 17

Dealing with coronavirus comms 

Managing Director of Colehouse Communications, Steve Cole, will be hosting Digital Union’s webinar on ‘Dealing with Coronavirus Comms’ on Wednesday 22 April. 

The second in Digital Union’s Online Networking series, the session will discuss what business owners or marketing professional can do to help get the most out of your business or clients marketing during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

The talk will be hosted on Zoom and is open to any business and its employees to ask questions and start discussions around communications at this uncertain time. 

Get yourself signed up here. 


Refresh Teesside launches Weekly Wins 

Anyone else missing Refresh Teesside? 

Well, we’ve got some good news for you. Teaming up with Middlesbrough Digital the event is bringing you ‘Refresh’s Weekly Wins’. 

The competition is taking place every week to give you the chance to win some prizes whilst sharing good news and positive ideas amidst these current times. 

The first ‘Weekly Wins’ brings you the chance to win a gift box from Donzonko Beer. All you need to do is send in your Tales from the Inside.  

Anyone got any tips, tales or Zoom call disasters? 


Google creates journalism emergency relief fund  

Every day we are consuming news to get the most up to date facts around the coronavirus outbreak. 

Therefore, this week Google has announced an emergency relief fund for local and small newsrooms on the frontline of covering the coronavirus pandemic. 

Richard Gingras, vice president of news at Google, wrote: “Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times. 

Today, it plays an even greater function in reporting on local lockdowns or shelter at home orders, school and park closures, and data about how COVID-19 is affecting daily life.” 

The Google New Initiative’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund hopes to help newsrooms continue despite facing job cuts and furloughing staff. 

The funding is open to news organisations producing original news for their local community and will range from “the low thousands of dollars for small newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region.” 

You can find out more about The Google News Initiative here. 

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