The Buffalo Bulletin has been selected to participate in Report for America’s innovative journalism and community service initiative and will host a journalist who will seek to improve and expand news coverage of energy production in Johnson County.
Report for America recruits and trains young journalists and deploys them into news organizations across the country, to provide Americans with the information they need to improve their communities and rebuild trust in the media. The Report for America corps member selected to work in Buffalo will begin in June and spend one year covering the impacts of energy development in Johnson County, including economic, political, recreational and environmental.
"We are thrilled to be part of a program to enhance local news reporting across the country, because we believe that strong local news reporting is critical to vibrant communities," said Jen Sieve-Hicks, executive editor of the Buffalo Bulletin. "Our Report for America journalist will help us to better tell the stories that matter most to the people of Johnson County."
Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit news organization, and it has received funding from Google News Lab, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Facebook, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Galloway Family Foundation and the Select Equity Fund.
Among Report for America’s 2019 news organizations, spanning 26 states and territories, were the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in North Dakota; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cincinnati Enquirer and Associated Press. Among the 60 reporting positions in the 2019 corps, 18 will be placed in non-profit organizations, three in weekly newspapers, seven in public radio stations and more than two dozen in daily newspapers.
“The overwhelming response from both news organizations and prospective reporters is thrilling,” said Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America. “Clearly there’s a growing recognition that the crisis in local journalism poses a real threat to democracy and to the health of communities.”