Applications for news organizations are now closed. Selected newsrooms to host a corps member, starting in June 2019, were announced in January. However, additional selections, specifically news organizations in the Intermountain West (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming) will be announced in the coming weeks.
Applications for news organizations to host a corps member in 2020 will open in August 2019. Any type of news organization can apply. The application is simple. The key questions:
- What is your reach and role in the community?
- What are the coverage gaps in your community?
- How would you use RFA corps members to fill that gap?
Quick and easy. If your newsroom is selected, Report for America pays about half of an entry-level salary. The rest is split between the news organization and local donors. The (extremely talented) reporter becomes an employee of your newsroom, serving for one-to-two years, starting in June of that year.
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.
Deputy Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader
Report for America journalists fill important gaps
Neglected regions or counties
Will Wright’s persistent reporting about the lack of drinkable water in Eastern Kentucky got results — $5 million 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 healthcare 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. Voters 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”
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….