States Newsroom’s Iowa Capital Dispatch and Minnesota Reformer Selected as Report for America Partners
The outlets were among nearly thirty new Report for America partners chosen.
WASHINGTON – Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities across the United States and its territories, announced today that Iowa Capital Dispatch and Minnesota Reformer, two members of States Newsroom, were selected as new host newsroom partners. The outlets were among nearly thirty new Report for America partners chosen.
“We’re thrilled for the Iowa Capital Dispatch and Minnesota Reformer newsrooms to have the opportunity to host a Report for America corps member,” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “America needs more local journalists diligently covering the issues that matter most to our communities, and Report for America has done an excellent job creating a pipeline of talent for newsrooms across the country.”
“Far too many Americans desperately need reliable, fact-based information to make decisions about their daily lives, and a growing number of local newsrooms are turning to us for support,” said Kim Kleman, senior vice president of Report for America. “We were blown away by the breadth of applications we received, and only wish we had the ability to bring on even more newsrooms this year.”
Through this partnership, Iowa Capital Dispatch will expand its coverage of higher education and state universities at a crossroads. The Minnesota Reformer corps member will focus on higher education and economic mobility.
With these additions, Report for America corps members will be working next year in nearly 220 newsrooms across the United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Now that the newsroom selections have been made, Report for America is seeking talented, service-minded journalists and photographers to join its reporting corps—a two-year program (with an option for three years) that delivers a wide range of benefits to its corps members.
The deadline for reporters to apply is Jan. 30, 2023. Report for America is hosting a number of information sessions between now and then. To learn more, visit reportforamerica.org or contact a member of the recruitment team at [email protected].
Earlier this year, Pew Research Center cited States Newsroom and other nonprofit initiatives like Report for America as key to filling the void in statehouse coverage left by staffing cuts at legacy media outlets. According to Pew, the overall percentage of reporters working for nonprofit newsrooms in the statehouse press corps has more than tripled since 2014 and now makes up the largest portion of statehouse reporters in 10 states and the second largest in 17 states.
About States Newsroom
States Newsroom is the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets with newsrooms in 31 states and content-sharing partnerships with other nonprofit news organizations in 8 additional states. States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists and committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free.
About Report for America
Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities across the United States and its territories. By creating a new, sustainable model for journalism, Report for America provides people with the information they need to improve their communities, hold powerful institutions accountable, and restore trust in the media. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to rebuilding journalism from the ground up.
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