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Facebook Announces Grants for Local News Publishers Covering COVID-19

Organizations based in the U.S. could receive up to $100,000

The Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) recently announced a new grant program to help local news organizations who are still operating during the COVID-19 crisis. The FJP COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program will offer grant amounts of $25,000 to $100,000 to help essential local news organizations respond to the immediate needs of their communities and offset any financial pitfalls they may be experiencing due to the pandemic.


The grants are eligible for both for-profit and nonprofit news organizations. The publishers must be based in the United States, actively covering the COVID-19 crisis, and serving a specific geographic area. The grant program will give preference to news organizations in rural and disadvantaged communities, areas with acute COVID-19 outbreaks, and publishers with an established digital business model.

Applications for the grants open on April 13, 2020 and end on April 24, 2020. For more information on eligibility requirements and how your organization can apply, click here. Facebook recently announced a different grant program for small businesses during the pandemic as well. Click here to learn more about it.

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Delivering a secure, high-performing environment with extreme reliability is essential to all of our clients at RebelMouse. We only use industry-leading, reliable approaches to host our infrastructure. This ensures maximum stability and security for all of our clients’ data. Here are just some of the reasons we’re able to maintain a hard-bodied product that’s flexible, too.

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Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.
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Google Made Major Changes to Its Formula for Page Speed. Here’s What to Do About It in 2022.

Make sure your site is set up for success in 2022.

In the spring of 2020, Google let the world know that its Core Web Vitals would become the new benchmark for measuring a site's performance in its search results, known as the page experience update. Fast forward to more than a year later in August 2021 when, after much anticipation, Google's page experience update became official.

Since its rollout, developers have felt the impact of how their publishing platforms stack up against the new standard. Important decisions around the architecture of your site can now make or break your site's performance in the eyes of Google.

HTTP Archive, a tracking platform that crawls the web to identify trends and record historical patterns, has revealed how top content management systems (CMS) have weathered the page experience update through the creation of its Core Web Vitals Technology Report. RebelMouse consistently outperforms major CMS platforms on Google's most critical metrics since its rollout and into 2022:

Getting superior scores on Google's performance benchmarks isn't easy, either. The Ahrefs blog analyzed Core Web Vitals data from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), which is data from actual Chrome users, to see how the web stacks up against Core Web Vitals. Their study found that only 33% of sites on the web are passing Core Web Vitals.

data from Ahrefs tracked on a line chart finds that shows only 33% of sites on the web pass Google's Core Web Vitals From Ahrefs.

Luckily, performing well on Core Web Vitals is possible with thoughtful, strategic changes to your site’s codebase. Here's what you need to know and how we can help.

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