The Report for America project, a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities, will field 250 journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year. This is more than four times the size of the 2019 class, who have been reporting in some 50 local news organizations across 28 states and Puerto Rico.
“Report for America is strengthening local journalism by placing talented journalists in communities and statehouse bureaus that are in need of rigorous reporting,” Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation VP for Journalism said in a release. “The expansion of the journalist corps is essential to inform and engage residents at the state and local level and sustain quality journalism to build a healthy democracy.”
An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America “addresses an urgent need in journalism at a time when news deserts are widening across the country, leaving communities uninformed on local issues and threatening our democracy like never before,” the release reads.
The winning newsrooms were announced Monday, Dec. 3 and the corps members will be announced a later date. Application for journalists is open through Jan. 31.
The winning newsrooms include 69 daily newspapers, 39 digital-only sites, 39 public radio stations, 12 local TV stations and five non-daily papers. Nonprofit newsrooms account for 47% of the total. Almost one third of all positions call for journalists fluent in Spanish or other languages to cover under-reported communities. Newsrooms were selected through a national competition. Michigan Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, Oklahoma Public Radio, KUNR Reno and WABE Atlanta are some of the public radio stations that will field newsrooms for Report for America. A full list of organizations that have been selected can be found HERE.
“Report for America is about serving these communities and helping to restore the pipeline for a new generation of journalists,” Charles Sennott, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of GroundTruth added. “We understand our program may not fix all that is broken in local journalism, but we are honored to be part of a wider community directly confronting the crisis and doing everything we can to restore journalism from the ground up.”