A project of the GroundTruth Project, Report for America aims to bolster local journalism in "news deserts" by paying half a corps member's salary while encouraging local news partners to contribute a quarter and local and regional funders the rest. With the support of the Knight, Ford, Packard, Heising-Simons, Galloway Family, and Tow foundations, the organization has boosted its placement of reporters, from thirteen in 2018 to sixty-one this year.
Fifty new corps members, as well as eleven current members who will serve for a second year, will work at media outlets in twenty-eight states and Puerto Rico, covering issues ranging from agriculture, the environment, and health to criminal justice and local government. In addition, seven journalists will report on Native American issues, while several others will work at Spanish-language news outlets. Selected from nearly a thousand applicants by seventy journalists, editors, and teachers, more than 40 percent of the corps members are journalists of color, 70 percent are women, and a third will be reporting on a community they call home.
"Ensuring that every community has access to great local news is vital to restoring trust in media and our democracy," said Knight Foundation vice president for journalism Jennifer Preston. "That's why expanding the pool of excellent journalists who are passionate about local news is so important."
For a complete list of the 2019 corps members and the news outlets where they have been placed, see the Report for America website.