Thursday, April 29, 2021

Report for America places 300 journalists in its 2021-22 reporting corps; here are some with rural resonance

Report for America announced Wednesday the placement of 300 journalists in over 200 local newsrooms for its 2021 reporting corps. Sam Kille reports. Report for America, a nonprofit initiative of The GroundTruth Project, founded by Steven Waldman in 2017, places journalists in newsrooms to report on issues and communities that probably wouldn't get much coverage.

Some of this year's journalists are continuing their second or third year in a position, but many are new to the program. Here are some with rural resonance:
  • The Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama: A corps member will report on rural communities in the state's Black Belt.
  • KUCB in Alaska: Theodore Greenly will do regional reporting in the Eastern Aleutians.
  • The California News Desert & Trust Initiative/Victorville Daily Press: Charlie McGee will do watchdog reporting in Barstow and Victorville.
  • The Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho: Kyle Pfannestiel will report on rural health care in the state.
  • The Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky: Silas Walker will continue to do photojournalism in rural Kentucky.
  • The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts: Daniel Jin will continue reporting on legislative coverage affecting the rural western part of the state.
  • Kansas City PBS in Missouri: Catherine Hoffman and another corps member will continue reporting on rural issues in the state.
  • The Montana Free Press: Chris Aadland will continue reporting on Native American issues in Montana.
  • Yellowstone Public Radio: Taylar Stagner will report on Native American issues in Montana and Wyoming.
  • Valley News in New Hampshire: Alex Driehaus will do general-assignment photography and Claire Potter will report on climate change and the environment in the Upper Valley.
  • The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead: Michelle Griffith will continue reporting on rural issues in North Dakota and Adam Willis will cover business trends and the legislature.
  • WSKG Radio, Binghamton: Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo will report on rural healthcare in New York state.
  • The Columbus Dispatch: Ceili Doyle will continue reporting on rural issues in Central Ohio.
  • KOSU Radio, Oklahoma: Seth Bodine will continue reporting on agriculture and rural issues in the state.
  • KERA/The Texas Newsroom: Keren Carrion will continue to cover news deserts in exurban and rural Texas.
  • The Victoria Advocate in Texas: Mark Rosenberg will cover rural counties surrounding Victoria.
  • The Mountain State Spotlight in West Virginia: Emily Allen will do watchdog and community reporting in rural areas, Lauren Peace will cover public health threats in the state, and Amelia Ferrell Knisely will continue covering poverty in the southern part of the state.

1 comment:

Ken Hedler said...

We need a program to sere journalists whose jobs have disappeared since the Great Recession and on through COVID-19.