Every month, our Report Local newsletter delivers a round-up of impactful journalism to your inbox. With stories from Report for America corps members plus significant public service journalism from local news organizations across the country, Report Local showcases and celebrates the power and promise of local news.
In Issue No. 7, we highlight a story on food insecurity in the Mississippi Delta by corps member Alexandra Watts of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Her story even generated interest from a nonprofit that could help the food pantry with new resources. We also feature new stories from corps members Michelle Liu and Eric Shelton of Mississippi Today, Samantha Max of The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, and a Q&A with corps member Carlos Ballesteros of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In the local journalism section, read about how KPCC is engaging with readers on the under-covered topic of black maternal and infant health, and how a student profile triggered a free speech debate at a California high school. We also showcase how an investigation into rape case clearance rates is yielding policy changes and a revealing investigation about tax refunds being siphoned by South Carolina hospitals to clear outstanding debts.