The fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more layoffs within the journalism industry. During these difficult times, IRE has started the Support a Journalist program to ensure members continue to have access to the IRE network and its resources. 

Donations will be accepted to help fund memberships for professional and academic journalists who have been laid off, furloughed or whose position has been terminated within the last year. 

If your professional or academic IRE membership expired anytime during or after March 2019 and you are currently laid off, furloughed or unemployed, please fill out this request form for the chance to receive assistance with your membership. The program is intended to help fund the memberships for those who sign up, not for a specific person. If you would like to pay for a specific person’s membership, please fill out this form.

If you are in a position to support colleagues and help fund their memberships, please donate any amount online, or mail a check payable to IRE at 141 Neff Annex, UMC, Attn: Heather Feldmann Henry, Columbia, MO 65211 (write Support a Journalist in the memo field). 

Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. 

Annual memberships are $70 and provide access to thousands of tipsheets, exclusive databases, listservs, the IRE Journal magazine, premium reporting tools and much more. 

IRE has taken additional steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure journalists have access to the resources they need to report on a topic that affects everyone. IRE is hosting a series of free webinars related to the pandemic and relaunching its NICAR-Learn library of data tool tutorials, with new videos and free access for one year.

If you have ideas of other ways IRE can help you or your newsroom during this time, please fill out our survey

If you have questions, please email [email protected].