Amid a Pandemic, Driven by a Desire to Serve

Camille von Kaenel is a 2019-20 Report for America corps member, covering wildfire recovery for the Chico-Enterprise Record in Northern California, focusing on a region that was devastated by 2018’s deadly Camp Fire. As of June 2020, she is covering growth and development in San Diego County’s backcountry for inewssource.  “I wish I knew that

Meet the 2020-21 Report for America Corps Members

This year’s Report for America corps was chosen after a highly selective national competition that drew more than 1,800 applications. The 225 journalists who were selected for this year’s corps are eager to deliver trustworthy, accurate local news to communities across our nation. More about the process here.   Alaska Anchorage Daily News Annie Berman

Curing local news for good

This piece ran in Columbia Journalism Review. I’m using this space to elaborate on some of the ideas. DISCUSSIONS OF HOW TO SAVE LOCAL NEWS now need to balance two awkward realities. On the one hand, local news organizations need urgent help in order to keep their doors open and provide information to residents. No, it doesn’t

Report Local—Issue No. 11

Want to stay up-to-date with the stories that Report for America corps members are publishing across the country? Read Report Local, a round-up of impactful news stories and updates about our program! In Issue No. 11, we highlight work from Mallory Falk of Texas News Hub, Camalot Todd of Spectrum News Buffalo, Katherine Lewin of

RFA19 Highlights — Building Trust in Undercovered Communities

Our 2019 corps members spent one week in Houston, Texas, training with top journalists from around the country. This included attending three days of RFA-exclusive sessions, the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference, several smaller RFA gatherings and evening events. Here are highlights from those sessions. Reporter Obed Manuel covers second-generation immigrant communities for the Dallas