Report for America announced will field 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year, the organization announced Dec. 2. This is more than four times the size of the 2019 class, who have been reporting in some 50 local news organizations across 28 states and Puerto Rico.

An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities.

The expansion of the corps was made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project, the Joyce Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Google News Initiative, the Ford Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Tow Foundation and others.

According to Report for America:

Host newsrooms include 69 daily newspapers, 39 digital-only sites, 39 public radio stations, 12 local TV stations and 5 non-daily papers.

More than 30 beats involve covering state legislatures, about half as a result of a partnership between The Associated Press and Report for America.

Other beats address a variety of “news deserts,” including overlooked rural areas and urban communities, local government, and broader issues such as veterans issues, aging populations, education, the environment, health care, military bases and housing.  

Almost one third of all positions call for journalists fluent in Spanish or other languages, to cover under-reported communities. 

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