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Journalists, apply now to be a Report For America corps member

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Report For America is looking for talented, service-oriented journalists who want to serve under-covered areas to provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable.

This year’s class of 250 reporters starts work in June 2020. Two of the positions are with Capitol News Illinois, the Illinois Press Foundation’s news service that covers state government. One RFA reporter will be covering how state government impacts ethnic, minority, distressed and rural communities in Illinois. The other reporter will be a videographer for the news service, which has been published by more than 380 Illinois newspapers with a combined circulation of nearly 2 million since its launch in January 2019.

There are other Illinois RFA positions open as well. They include:

  • Belleville News-Democrat (2): Reporter covering East St. Louis and a reporter covering K-12 education
  • Block Club Chicago (2): Reporter covering Austin and North Lawndale neighborhoods on the West Side of Chicago — filled by current corps member; reporter covering theLakeview, Boystown and Lincoln Park areas, home to the largest population of the city’s LGBTQ community.
  • Chicago Sun-Times (2): A reporter covering South and West Chicago — filled by current corps member; photojournalist covering the South and West sides of Chicago.
  • Southern Illinois Local Media Group (1): Reporter covering the town of Chester
  • The Chicago Reporter/Univision (1): Reporter covering Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Cicero, Waukegan and other Chicago exurbs.
  • The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights (3): Reporter covering minority communities in Lake County, a reporter covering Northern DuPage County, and a reporter covering state legislative races and local elections in suburban districts.
  • WNIJ Northern Public Radio, DeKalb (1): Reporter covering substandard housing and police relations

Report for America is a national service program that places talented, emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America addresses an urgent need in journalism at a time when news deserts are widening across the country, leaving communities uninformed on local issues and threatening our democracy like never before.

Applications are being accepted now until Jan. 31 at reportforamerica.org for the reporting slots. They 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.

Last year, Report for America drew nearly 1,000 applications for 50 open positions, signaling significant interest among emerging journalists.

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