A message from the NPPA Board of Directors concerning the COVID-19 pandemic
The National Press Photographers Association’s board of directors wants to assure you, our members, that we are here for you as we all face a new reality during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may have noticed from recent announcements that the board is meeting more frequently than ever, to monitor and ensure the financial stability of the association and its members.
We care deeply about you, our colleagues, especially at a time when so many of you — independent and staff visual journalists — are experiencing a loss of work and are being directly exposed to the risks this virus poses to you while on the front-lines of news coverage. Our work as journalists has never been more challenging nor more vital as we strive to accurately inform the public. Supporting and advocating for you and the work you do is the core mission of our organization and we will continue exploring ways we can continue to be there for you into the future.
Some facts: As a 501(c)6 — a membership organization that promotes the common business or trade of its members — we don’t have access to the Payroll Protection Plan portion of the CARES Act, the recent relief measures the federal government extended to assist other nonprofits and businesses. Like many organizations, all of our spring educational workshops have been postponed. This has caused significant financial strain. We are working to find ways to make up for this loss while causing as little disruption as possible to the services you value most.
As we plan our next steps, we want to thank you for your continued support of the NPPA. Without you, we cannot exist. With you, our voice is even stronger. We are proud of the work our members are doing, and honored to have you in our ranks. In the meantime, reach out. Tell us how we can help.