KUAF, local public radio station, selected as report for US newsroom for 2022

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – KUAF, the local branch of National Public Radio for Northwest and Western Arkansas, has been selected as a newsroom partner for Report for America 2022. Report for America is an initiative of the GroundTruth Project and operates from much like PeaceCorps or AmeriCorps – by working with local news agencies to fill gaps in local news reporting by helping these organizations hire and retain journalists. Through this partnership, a new journalist position will be created for KUAF to cover the explosive growth of the region and the impact of this growth on the daily lives of its residents.

KUAF is one of 70 new partners in Report for America’s host newsroom for 2022. Recognizing the gap in coverage of the growth impacts of Northwest Arkansas, KUAF was selected for its new proposal. journalist post to cover economic, environmental, artistic and cultural fields. and the impact on affordable housing of this growth, particularly with regard to the region’s large employer companies. Reports on this growth and its impact will also include reports on rural residents’ access to health care, education, housing, infrastructure and more.

Report for America is a two-year program (with a three-year option) that offers a wide range of benefits to members of its corps of journalists. In addition to paying up to half of journalists’ salaries, it offers continuing education and mentoring by leading journalists, peer networks and memberships in select professional organizations. To help connect body members to the community, they are required to complete a service project, which often includes engaging middle school or high school students in journalism-related activities.

Information on how journalists can apply to become members of the reporting body can be found here. Applications are accepted until January 31; however, those who apply before December 31st will be considered promptly. Members of the Corps will be selected from a highly competitive national competition. Last year, more than 1,800 applications were received. Those hired become employees of their respective newsrooms and will begin their employment on June 1, 2022. The opening of this new journalist position with KUAF will open soon after the new year.

“We are very excited to be creating this new position and starting to cover how the growth of our region affects the daily lives of the Arkansans here – from long-time residents to new to the region. We hope this report highlights the myriad of changes taking place in our listening area, from rural areas to those with exploding populations, ”said Kyle Kellams, KUAF Chief Information Officer.

The selections were made on the basis of which the newsrooms defined the most compelling gaps in coverage and plans to properly deploy body members. In 2022, Report for America will expand to more rural communities, reaching areas hardest hit by newsroom closures, as well as expanding Spanish-speaking positions, helping newsrooms reach out to Latinos. -American growing in their communities. There is increased demand for environmental coverage, and many rhythms – nearly 40% – will cover communities of color, meeting an ongoing demand from newsrooms to provide more equitable coverage.

Along with KUAF, other selected Report for America 2022 newsrooms include daily and weekly newspapers, digital-only news organizations, radio and television stations.

“Make no mistake, the biggest threat to democracy is the collapse of local news,” said Charles Sennott, CEO of GroundTruth and co-founder of Report for America. “We are delighted to host these newsrooms and look forward to empowering them to meet the growing information needs of the communities they serve. “

To learn more about Report for America, visit www.reportforamerica.org.

About Report for America: Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to cover undercover topics and communities. Launched in 2017, Report for America is creating a new, sustainable system that provides Americans with the information they need to improve their communities, empower powerful institutions, and restore trust in the media. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit journalism organization with a proven track record of training and supporting teams of emerging journalists around the world, including the recent launch of Report for the World. in partnership with local newsrooms in India, Nigeria and Brazil.

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