Sarah L. Ryley of the New York Daily News and ProPublica’s Eric Umansky in the ProPublica newsroom. Photo by Demetrius Freeman for ProPublica.
ProPublica on Thursday announced the launch of its own Local Reporting Network. With funding from a three-year, $3 million grant, the project will fund the salaries and benefits of up to six full-time reporters focused on investigative work in communities with populations of less than 1 million people.
It’s one of several projects announced in 2017 that aim to help fill gaps in local reporting throughout small- and medium-sized communities throughout the US and Canada.
ProPublica drew some of the inspiration for its Local Reporting Network from Localore: Finding America, a public radio project aimed at developing stories in communities where terrestrial radio often doesn’t reach. “So we thought, what happens if you do Localore but for investigative journalism?” Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky tells CJR.
Proposals from newsroom leaders or managers (apply here) are due by November 3, with winning participants scheduled to be announced in December to allow work to start on January 2. Proposals can involve existing newsroom staffers interested in doing full-time investigative work or freelancers, and can focus on any medium, not just print. The reporters participating in the Local Reporting Network will work from the local newsrooms but receive support and guidance from ProPublica. The proposal guide asks for an estimated market salary for the reporter, and there will be
Read more here: https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/propublica-local.php