The New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News has been named a host newsroom for a nationwide nonprofit organization’s emerging effort to expand local news coverage across the U.S.
Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, will field 250 journalists in 164 host news organizations across 46 states in the coming year, the organization said in a statement announcing the 2020 host newsrooms.
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The Union Leader plans to use the partnership to expand its solutions journalism efforts, specifically focusing on enterprise reporting from New Hampshire’s North Country and other rural areas of the Granite State.
In the past, the Union Leader’s award-winning solutions journalism projects have included mental health and the opioid crisis and aging issues. The newspaper’s current effort, What’s Working, explores New Hampshire’s workforce needs.
Report for America will cover roughly half of a reporter’s salary for a year through more than $5 million in direct support to newsrooms.
“We offer a pretty simple fix for news holes in communities throughout the country — local reporters on the ground, who hold leaders accountable and report on under-covered issues,” said Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America. “The editors we’ve met during our application cycle have shown us amazing passion, commitment and sharp ideas for how to better serve their local communities.”
Applications are being accepted now until Jan. 31 at reportforamerica.org for the reporting slots, according to the announcement.
Reporters will be chosen in a selective national competition, with leading journalists, editors and teachers acting as judges. Journalists and their newsroom pairings will be announced in April. Some 50 reporters in the 2019 class are expected to stay on another year. Journalists start work in their new newsrooms in June.