Today, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day. And PublicSource is thrilled to be included in a special campaign by The New York Times in observance of the day raising awareness of the importance of an independent press.

The campaign is encouraging readers to find a local news organization they trust, and to support it through a subscription or donation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified just how essential local journalism is in these physically isolating times. It’s connecting people to resources, facts and a sense of community.

“As the coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented reporting challenges and growing financial pressures, it’s also underscored the value of great journalism,” as A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times said in his announcement of the campaign, which launched Friday, May 1.

The campaign sends readers to a database of local news organizations sourced from the member lists of The Institute for Nonprofit News, Local Independent Online News Publishers, and the News Media Alliance.

At PublicSource, we are grateful to everyone who has been supporting us during this time. Our readers’ support translates directly into insightful local journalism that takes the longview and personal stories you won’t see anywhere else: from how local institutions are functioning during this crisis to how your neighbors are coping and what challenges are awaiting ahead. Your support helps PublicSource uncover stories that matter, explain what’s wrong and why.

“Living and working through a pandemic is new for all of us, but reporting during times of distress and great public need and asking tough questions of officials on your behalf is something we are equipped to take on and want to keep doing for you,” said Halle Stockton, managing editor of PublicSource.

We trust that our readers know more than we do. And we are grateful for your tips and feedback and for reading. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

Our team hopes that you will continue to rely on us for information and in-depth explanations, for powerful narratives and fact-checked data to make sense of what’s happening in the Pittsburgh region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand the gravity of this moment.

That’s why we have been working diligently to deliver value to our readers and community at-large.

So, on this World Press Freedom Day, we are asking you — if you are able — to support our small but mighty newsroom committed to serving Pittsburgh and our region long-term.

Please consider donating to PublicSource!

We don't have paywalls — but your support helps us bridge crucial information gaps.

Readers tell us they can't find the information they get from our reporting anywhere else, and we're glad to provide this important service for our community. We work hard to produce accurate, timely, impactful journalism without paywalls that keeps our region informed and moving forward.

However, only .01% of the people who read our stories contribute to our work financially. Our newsroom depends on the generosity of readers like yourself to make our high-quality local journalism possible, and the costs of the resources it takes to produce it have been rising, so each member means a lot to us.

Your donation to our nonprofit newsroom helps ensure everyone in Allegheny County can stay up-to-date about decisions and events that affect them. Please make your gift of support now.

Mila Sanina served from 2016-2021 as the executive director of PublicSource, a nonprofit, non-partisan newsroom delivering public-service journalism in the Pittsburgh region at Under...