100&Change: 2020

Report for America: Eliminating American News Deserts

Report for America is a movement to transform communities and strengthen democracy by eliminating American news deserts, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Information and communications
Current Work Location
  • West Virginia, United States
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Alaska, United States
Priority Populations:
  • Children and youth
  • Adults
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Executive Summary:

The crisis in local journalism has become a crisis for democracy. News bureaus nationwide have shuttered. Editorial budgets have been slashed. Communities have suffered without coverage of important issues that affect them. Report for America’s growth coincides with an urgent need for fair, independent journalism at a time when news organizations are struggling and our country is deeply divided. With MacArthur’s support, Report for America will pursue an audacious goal: We will virtually eliminate American news deserts by fielding 1,500 talented, diverse journalists in local news outlets nationwide. The goal: every county in America should have a watchdog reporter. Report for America corps members serve their communities, reporting on under-covered challenges like education, poverty, criminal justice, environment, and health. We leverage a unique three-to-one funding match model promoting new models for shared investment in local journalism, sustaining watchdog reporting for the communities that need it most.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The GroundTruth Project

website: https://thegroundtruthproject.org/
Organization Headquarters
Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
< $10 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
< 50

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