Become a Host Newsroom

Applications are now being accepted for news organization interested in hosting the next class of Report for America corps members in 2019.  Apply here.

Any type of news organization -- nonprofit, commercial, text, audio, video etc. -- can apply.  You'll be asked: What are the important gaps in the coverage in your community? How would you use RFA corps members to address that gap?

Report for America pays about half of an entry level salary. The rest is split between the news organizations and local donors.  The (extremely talented) reporter becomes an employee of your newsroom, serving for one-to-two years, starting June 2019.   Questions? Try the FAQs, download an application tip sheet, or contact us directly.

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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Report for America had an immediate impact, allowing us to reopen a bureau shuttered 7 years ago in an economically tattered corner of America.

Will Wright brought statewide attention to the plight of people who lack clean water and exposed a questionable economic development program before the legislature could make it law.

And he’s just getting started.

--John Stamper, Lexington Herald-Leader


Report for America journalists fill important gaps

 

Under-covered populations

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Carlos Ballesteros and Manny Ramos have been covering parts of Chicago’s west and south sides that have been ignored for years (except when there’s a murder) for the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

Obed Manuel is covering second-generation Latinos in Dallas for the Dallas Morning News

 

Neglected regions or counties

Will Wright’s persistent reporting about the lack of drinkable water in Eastern Kentucky got results -- $5 milliion from the state to fix the collapsing system.

Mallory Falk at KRWG in Las Cruces has been on the Mexico border reporting on refugees was picked up by NPR’s Morning Edition

Molly Born is covering the coal fields area of West Virginia for West Virginia Public Media.

 

Under-covered issues & beats

Caity Coyne at the Charleston Gazette-Mail showed vividly some of the health care problems unique to rural areas:

In August, Jennifer Church’s dad suffered a brain aneurysm in McDowell County. Her stepmother immediately called 911. She was told an ambulance was being sent to their home in Iaeger. It was 10:30 p.m.

The ambulance didn’t arrive until after midnight, Church said. The responders told her they couldn’t find the house.

After a failed attempt at securing flight transport, Church said, the emergency responders took her and her dad to Welch Community Hospital for care — about a 30-minute drive from Iaeger without bad road conditions or difficult weather

Sarah Hughes is covering the Pennsylvania statehouse for Billy Penn and The Incline. Voers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were finally able to enter voting booths with some actual information about significant state legislative races thanks to a guide she created.

Samantha Max is covering health care for the Macon Telegraph -- as part of a unique effort with the Co/Lab of Arizona state, enlisting the community in helping to develop story ideas. Example: "He will die without treatment. But when clinic closes, there’s nowhere for him to go"

 

Photography

Eric Shelton, a photographer, has done remarkable photo essays for Mississippi Today, including one about a type of stickball played by the local chocotaw Indians….