WNIJ Northern Public Radio
Location: * Midwest, Illinois
Beat: Pressing community issues such as substandard housing and police relations
Position: This reporter helps foster community engagement around pressing community issues. The job carries the banner of giving voice to those who feel that they do not have one—not merely for the sake of conversation, but to validate their experience and encourage them to speak up. The journalist covers extensive reporting on housing in our region, and the very real dangers of living in substandard locations, the intersecting role of landlords, government, and residents as agents of change. A recent arrest led to calls of excessive use of force and a subsequent community meeting, and example of what this beat is devoted to covering.
Reporter: Yvonne Boose