Publishing companies are scrambling quickly to figure out how to generate more revenue, as the COVID-19 outbreak is putting intense pressure on their top line. But there are also publishers who recognize that now is an opportunity to give back and help their community get through this difficult time.
With that in mind, we want to regularly spotlight some of these efforts to shine a positive light on the industry. Here are four publishers that earned a shout out this week.
TIME for Kids
The 25-year-old classroom resource is now available to families who are staying home. The publication is providing access to a free digital library that will be updated weekly with various education information for children and families.
Included in the library is a special report on COVID-19, aimed at helping children better understand the virus. Also, all of its previous editions from 2020 are available to download. Each edition is printable for offline engagement as well.
The St. Louis-based food and entertainment magazine is doing what it can to stay connected with its community while they are staying home. Restaurants are a key focus of its coverage, and have been hit especially hard during this crisis. In response to this, Sauce has rebranded and rebuilt its restaurant guidebook to inform diners on where to they can get great take-out and delivery around the city. It is also using its social channels—including a dedicated Facebook Group—to support the restaurant industry and keep its community engaged with one another.
The Mansueto Ventures business publication that’s largely known for its ranking lists is hosted a nation-wide virtual town hall forum in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on March 27. The free forum offered information on the Federal Government’s $2 Trillion stimulus package and how it will impact various markets. More than 12,000 listeners registered. It’s still free for anyone to listen in once registered here.
With the travel and hospitality industry it serves facing a particular degree of disruption and collapsing demand, B2B digital media outlet Skift is offering a series of online summits, “Travel’s Path Forward,” on a “pay what you want” basis. The first, focused on business travel and featuring a mix of Skift’s editors and industry execs, will be held on Tuesday, March 31.
It’s also opened up a new monthly subscription offering for its Skift Research product, previously available only on an annual basis, which it says costs less than most individual reports.